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New China Customs Declaration Required As of August 1

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China Changes Export Declaration Process For Chinese Shippers 2018-08-03

Beginning August 1, companies importing into China must file a new, single customs declaration that combines the requirements of the General Administration of Customs and China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ). However, there are already reports that confusion about the new declaration has resulted in shipment problems.
 
CIQ was recently merged into China Customs as part of an effort by Beijing to improve trade facilitation. With the merger of the two agencies, the customs declaration has been overhauled to require specific information and declaration pertaining to CIQ requirements.
 
The new declaration process is generally viewed as providing increased efficiency, as all declaration formalities for goods import or export will now be completed at one stop. The new customs declaration template eliminates the repetitive input of information and reduces the data required to 105 boxes.
 
It is noteworthy that the input of the HS code for individual imported goods has been increased from 10 digits to 13 digits in the new declaration template. There is no change to the usual 10-digit HS code used to classify imported goods; instead, the extra digits are reserved for the completion of the CIQ requirements.
 
Read more in an article in the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report.
 

Source: CIFFA
 
Side note to readers: Several clients have contacted Milgram recently advising us that their Chinese suppliers have been asking for their Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program registration numbers in connection with the new Chinese export declaration. AEO is not generally applied in North America, so if a Canadian importer is not an AEO they have no such information  to provide to the Chinese shipper (with which the Chinese shipper can prepare their export declaration). There are important similarities between the AEO program and other trusted-trader programs such as Partners In Protection (PIP, an initiative of Canada Border Services Agency or CBSA) as well as the American Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT, a program of Customs and Border Protection or CBP).
 
From a practical standpoint, if a Canadian importer is prompted for their AEO number and if the Canadian importer is a PIP member, the shipper should be asked if their PIP number can suffice in lieu of an AEO number. If a Canadian importer is not a PIP member, there is nothing to provide to the Chinese supplier. Membership in PIP (and C-TPAT) is voluntary and not many Canadian companies are members or are able to meet the criteria for obtaining membership in PIP.
 
Read more about AEO on the European Community website and on the CBP website.
 
Read more about PIP at the CBSA website.

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