1 A Guide to China Import 2010 China GuideReference GuideChina Import Customs203 Introduction03 DHL China04 China Import Customs Clearance04 Introduction05 Changes to China Import Regulations06 General Information08 China Prohibited/Restricted Commodities08 General Guide to China Prohibited Commodities09 UK Customs Clearance Process09 Introduction to the DHL UK Customs Clearance Process10 General Information on UK Import Customs Clearance12 UK Import Duties12 Specific Guidelines on UK Import Duties for Key Industry13 UK Banned Commodities13 General Guidelines to UK Banned CommoditiesCONTENTSR eference GuideChina Import Customs3 DHL Express has been operating in China since 1986 in a50/50 joint-venture agreement with Sinotrans (ChinaNational Foreign Trade Transportation (Group)Corporation)
2 A large Chinese transport corporationwith interests and activities stretching across all transportmodes, including sea, air and the first international express company to enterChina, DHL has extensive experience and a deepknowledge of this market. Over the last 24 years, DHL-Sinotrans has been recognized as the market leader and apioneer in the Express and Logistics industry in China . We maintain market leadership with market share of over30 percent. The company currently has close to 6,000employees, more than 1,680 courier vehicles, 178 physicalfacilities and our presence extends to more than 401 Chinese cities.
3 Determined to be First Choice for our customers, DHLoffers world-class, speedy, reliable quality services. Ourstrong worldwide network and expertise in theinternational market also benefits fast-growing localcompanies that intend to go global, making it a win-winproposition for both ourselves and our CHINAINTRODUCTIONR eference GuideChina Import Customs4 For air-freight, DHL China runs Customs clearanceoperations at several locations which include: Beijing (PEK) Chengdu (CTU) Dalian (DLC) Shanghai Pudong (PVG) Guangzhou (CAN) Qingdao (TAO) Shenzhen (SZX) Wuhan (WUH) Xi an (XIY) Xiamen (XMN)There are several factors which affect the Customsclearance requirements and clearance time of freight atthe point of importation into China .
4 These includefactors such as, value of goods, product code anddescription of goods etc. INTRODUCTIONB elow is a matrix of how these factors dictate whatdocumentation is required by Chinese Customs and howthe freight is subsequently anBeijingXiamenShenzhenGuangzhouChengduW uhanCHINA IMPORTCUSTOMS CLEARANCE PROCESS Value thresholds for documentation required on import into ChinaProductCodeDescriptionCriteriaDutia ble?DeclarationForm to beusedClearance Paperwork/Information requiredfrom ConsigneeClearanceTimeDOXD ocument NoKJ1N/AUpon arrivalWPXP ersonalEffectsIndividual to individualname only, value limit (HK/ TW/MPorigins) CNY 1, (other origins)YesPersonalEffects FormPersonal ID or passportcopy, Letter ofExplanation, StampedBaggage DeclarationForm (unaccompaniedbaggage only)
5 2 businessdaysWPXC argoSamples &AdvertisingMattersValue <CNY5, &Duty amount < Number & POAUpon arrivalValue <CNY5, &Duty amount < does notrequire import licenseYesKJ3CR Number & POA1 businessdayWPXC argoGeneralCargoValue <CNY5, ,commodity requiresimport licence; or generaltrade shipment withpayment term shown oncommercial invoiceYesH2000 POA with CR number &HS Code, CustomsHandbook or ImportLicense or any othrrelated documents (ifapplicable)2 businessdaysCNY5, GuideChina Import Customs5 CHANGES TO China IMPORT REGULATIONSORDER 33 Harmonized System Codes ( HS Code ) All shipments (with the exception of documents) beingimported into China will require a Harmonized SystemCode to be indicated on the Customs declaration forms.
6 The interactive classifier within the DHL TAS (TradeAutomation Service) website can be used for finding therelative HS code: to Deminimis Status Previously the deminimis value was based on thedeclared value of the goods. This is now assessed onwhether the duty is less than CNY (approx ) as to whether the shipment is deemed asdeminimis. This includes samples and advertising articlesvalued at CNY 400 which were previously duty change now causes a Customs declaration to becalculated and completed to establish the deemed duty thus affecting clearance time.
7 Importer and Exporter Customs Registration codes( CR Code ) All importers and exporters in China are required toregister with Customs authorities for an importer orexporter Customs Registration Codes or IOR / EOR(Importer / Exporter of Record). The CR code is to beindicated on the Customs declaration forms for allshipments, except for documents and personal in China can access the following Customswebsites to find out the guidelines and procedures onhow to get registered with China Customs to get a CRnumber for import and export activities.
8 Recent Customs legislation changes have caused more stringent clearanceprocedures which are notably through Order 33 and Order 43. ORDER 43 Personal effects are limited to unaccompaniedbaggage (luggage or articles transported separatelyfrom passenger) or as commodity / gift sent fromprivate individual to private individual (sent fromrelatives or friends) and within a reasonable quantityfor personal use. Business to Consumer (B2C) including internetshopping shipments cannot be cleared as personaleffects, instead they should go through generalCustoms clearance process (informal / formal) whichrequires IOR (Importer of Record).
9 The Value limit on personal effects is CNY (approx USD ) from/to Hong Kong, Macau andTaiwan or CNY1, (approx. ) from/toother countries. Shipments that exceed the above value threshold willnot be allowed to be cleared as Personal Effects, exceptfor instances when there is only one single item insidea shipment and the value for that single item is alreadyover the above value threshold. Those shipments willthen need to be reviewed and approved by Customs ona case by case : SHANGHAI: : : GuideChina Customs6 GENERAL INFORMATIONFor Document commodities such as manuals, businesscards, photographs and catalogues, these will only requirea DHL Waybill to be completed.
10 This is with the exceptionof shipments containing personal mail for foreign studentsor tourists who cannot provide a Chinese all dutiableshipments, an invoice (provided by theshipper) will be required. This must include: Number and date of issue Full name and address of shipper and receiver,including contact details Description of goods in plain language andsufficient detail VAT numbers for shipper and Receiver if Applicable Harmonized System Code ( HS Code ) Customs Registration codes ( CR Code ) Total value of goods Currency Country of origin (of goods) Payment terms (value for Customs only for example) Delivery terms Signed and stamped (if applicable)