1. Allow foreigners with three types of valid residence permits to enter China
Buyers finally have a chance to come to China.
From 0:00 on March 28, 2020, my country will temporarily stop foreigners from entering China with currently valid visas and residence permits. The entry of foreigners with APEC business travel cards is suspended. Policies such as port visa, 24/72/144-hour transit visa exemption, Hainan visa exemption, Shanghai cruise visa exemption, 144-hour visa exemption for foreigners from Hong Kong and Macau to enter Guangdong in groups from Hong Kong and Macao, and Guangxi visa exemption for ASEAN tourist groups, etc. are suspended. Entry with diplomatic, official, courteous, and C visas will not be affected. Foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic, trade, scientific and technological activities, as well as emergency humanitarian needs, can apply for visas from Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Entry of foreigners with visas issued after the announcement will not be affected.
On September 23, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration jointly issued some adjustment measures of the “Announcement on Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreigners Holding Valid Chinese Visas and Residence Permits”. From 0:00 on September 28, 2020, valid Chinese For foreigners with residence permits for work, personal affairs and clusters, relevant personnel do not need to reapply for visas. If the above-mentioned three types of residence permits held by foreigners expire after 0:00 on March 28, 2020, the holders can apply to the Chinese diplomatic missions abroad with the expired residence permits and relevant materials provided that the reason for coming to China remains unchanged. The museum applies for the corresponding visa entry. The above-mentioned personnel must strictly abide by China’s anti-epidemic management regulations.
2. The 128th Canton Fair will be held online on October 15-24
On September 10, Gao Feng, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, announced that the 128th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair for short) will be held online from October 15th to 24th for a period of 10 days.
3. The U.S. resumes imposing 25% tariffs on some of the excluded products
On September 16, local time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced two batches of exclusion list products with extended validity period (products in the seventh batch of 34 billion and the second batch of 160 tariff exclusion lists). The exclusion period of the two batches of exclusion lists was originally scheduled for 2020. Expires on September 20. The notice decided to extend the exclusion validity period from September 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
There are a total of 306 items in the original list of products excluded from the 7th batch of tariffs of 34 billion yuan. This time, 62 items have been extended, and 244 items have not been extended. Products that have not received an extension of the validity period: Eastern time will be removed from the exclusion list after the expiration date of 2020.9.20, that is, the tariff will be exempted from 2018.7.6 to 2020.9.20, but an additional 25% tariff will be resumed from 2020.9.20 .
The original list of products excluded from the second batch of 16 billion tariffs has 86 items. This time, there are 17 products with extended validity period, and 69 products without extended validity period. Products that have not received an extended validity period: US Eastern Time will be removed from the exclusion list after the expiration date of 2020.9.20, that is, tariffs can be exempted from 2018.8.23 to 2020.9.20, but an additional 25% tariff will be resumed from 2020.9.20 .
Related companies must pay attention to tariff adjustments!
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4. India BIS adds 12 new compulsory certification products
On April 1, 2020, the Bureau of Standards of India (BIS) issued a new decree to control products. On April 22, India issued a notification on technical trade measures (notification number G/TBT/N/IND/44/Add.7), and announced the fourth batch of “Electronic and Information Technology Products (Compulsory Registration Requirements) Act 2012” product catalog , 12 new products were added, including 2 LED lighting products, 5 information products, 3 audio-visual products and 2 home appliances products, including lighting, keyboards, Bluetooth headsets, USB external hard drives, induction cookers, rice cookers Wait. At the same time, the notification also pointed out that the new catalogue will be implemented 6 months after the release date, that is, effective October 1, 2020.
At present, India has issued 4 batches of product catalogs under the “Electronics and Information Technology Products (Compulsory Registration Requirements) Act 2012”, including 56 information, home appliances, audio-visual, and lighting products into the mandatory registration requirements. For these products, the law requires that the corresponding standard testing and registration must be carried out in a laboratory accredited by India BIS, and the BIS logo should be affixed on the body or outer packaging.
The original address of the Indian BIS notification:
India BIS is included in the 56 product catalogs for mandatory registration:
5. Electronic networking of origins between China and Indonesia
On September 2, the General Administration of Customs issued No. 100 of 2020 (Announcement on matters related to the electronic networking of origins between China and Indonesia):
In order to further facilitate the compliant customs clearance of goods under the free trade agreement, from October 15, 2020, the “China-Indonesia Origin Electronic Information Exchange System” has been officially launched, and the “China-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement” is transmitted with Indonesia in real time “(Hereinafter referred to as “China-ASEAN Framework Agreement”) the electronic data of the certificate of origin and the flow certificate.
In terms of export declaration:
The consignor of export goods or his agent (hereinafter referred to as the “exporter”) shall fill in the “Customs Declaration Form for Exported Goods of the People’s Republic of China” or “Customs Exit of the People’s Republic of China” in accordance with the relevant provisions of Announcement 51 when declaring the export of goods exported to Indonesia. Information about the origin of the Goods Filing List.
If the system prompts that there is no electronic information on the certificate of origin or the movement certificate, or when the goods are exported, the exporter fails to fill in the information on the origin of the exported goods in accordance with the requirements of Announcement 51, or the goods are exported due to changes in the certificate of origin information. If it is necessary to modify the export declaration form, the exporter shall apply to the customs to go through the formalities for the modification of the declaration form to supplement the origin information.
6. Brazil reduces import tariffs on certain products
The Brazilian Government Gazette announced on September 4, 2020, Resolution No. 84 of September 3, reducing import tariffs on 134 domestic non-produced auto parts in Brazil. For related products, please refer to the original announcement.
The Brazilian Government Gazette announced Resolution No. 86 on September 10, 2020, stating that there will be tax reduction quotas for 4 medical supplies and materials and 4 tax-free quotas for human medicine vaccines. The above-mentioned tax reduction and tax-free quotas are valid for 365 days. Please refer to the communiqué for information on the quantity and effective date of each product quota.
The Brazilian Ministry of Economy announced on September 17 that in order to combat the new crown epidemic, it has decided to extend the policy of exempting the import tax on the new crown vaccine and other related medical products to October 30.
The Brazilian Government Gazette announced on September 10, 2020 the Resolution No. 87 of September 9, 2020, which will temporarily exempt rice import tariffs with a quota of 400,000 metric tons before December 31, 2020. The resolution announcement will take effect the next day.
7. Argentine exchange control
After experiencing a sharp drop in the peso in August, the Argentine government authorized foreign exchange controls on September 1, local time. In order to control the continuous loss of the U.S. dollar and foreign exchange reserves, on the afternoon of September 15, the head of the Argentine Central Bank announced the following new restrictions at a press conference:
1. A 35% withholding income tax is levied on the purchase of US dollars. The measure is aimed at levying taxes on U.S. dollar savings and foreign currency settlement payments, and will take effect from Wednesday, September 16. This means that those who buy U.S. dollars for savings must pay 30% of the national solidarity tax and must also pay a 35% withholding income tax.
2. U.S. dollar account opening will be controlled. Non-residents of Argentina will be restricted from selling securities in foreign currencies or buying Argentine securities abroad. If you are receiving government social subsidies (before and after the epidemic), you cannot open a US dollar account. There are no restrictions on using credit cards to make purchases, but these payments must be paid through a savings U.S. dollar account.
3. The company must restructure its debts. At the company level, the Argentine central bank will require companies with monthly maturities of more than $1 million to propose a restructuring plan for the debt. Enterprises must first obtain the approval of the Central Bank of Argentina to purchase foreign exchange. Remittances overseas must obtain government permission. Individuals cannot purchase more than US$10,000 per month, but there is no such restriction if they withdraw from the account.
Foreign traders who cooperate with Argentine importers must pay attention to the security of the payment!
8. The UK VAT exemption policy for personal protective medical equipment expires at the end of October
In order to prevent the spread of the epidemic, the British government previously announced that from May 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020, the import tariff and value-added tax on personal protective medical equipment (PPE) will be cancelled. The UK Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) announced on July 3 that it would extend the value-added tax exemption measures until the end of October.
Foreign trade people who export epidemic prevention materials to the UK should pay attention to the validity period of this policy!
9. Only CE certified masks will be sold in Spain from October
On April 23, due to the shortage of medical protective equipment in Spain at that time, the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Commerce “temporarily authorized” KN95 masks, including China and the United States, to be sold in Spain without EU registration. Now its allowable sale time has expired. According to reports, some companies are already offering substantial discounts to liquidate their inventories to avoid returning products to their country of origin. Currently, the masks that are allowed to be sold on the market without CE certification in Spain are: the United States (NIOSH-42CFR84), China (GB2626-2006), Australia (AS/NZ 1716: 2012), South Korea (KMOEL-2017-64) and Japan (JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018).
The above time does not affect the continued use of the purchased KN95 masks.
10. Russia enforces electronic labels on cameras and perfume products
In April 2018, Russia passed Government Decree No. 791, stipulating the general principle of compulsory pasting of electronic regulatory labels on commodities from 2019, and at the same time instructing the implementation of the electronic label project. In the same month, Russia issued Government Order No. 792 to determine the list and schedule of mandatory labeling products.
At present, Russia has unified the mandatory electronic labels for fur products, tobacco, footwear and medicines. From October 1, 2020, cameras and perfume products will be labeled, and from November 1, 2020, tire products will be labeled. Labeling, from the beginning of 2021, the mandatory electronic labeling system will be extended to light industrial products and dairy products.
In terms of mandatory electronic labeling of dairy products, milk, cream, ice cream, etc., with a shelf life of more than 28 days, will be mandatory labeling from January 20, 2021; milk, cream, condensed milk, milk slurry, butter, and cream with a shelf life of less than 28 days Cheese, milk residue, milk-containing beverages, etc., will be mandatory labeling from July 1, 2021; yogurt, fermented dairy products, etc., will be mandatory labeling from October 1, 2021; farmers who retail self-produced dairy products can postpone until October 1, 2022.
11. Oman will levy a 50% consumption tax on sugar-sweetened beverages from October 1st
The Omani government will levy a 50% consumption tax on ready-to-drink beverages with added sugar, sweeteners or any form of sugar from October 1, 2020. Such beverages include canned juices, fruit beverages, sports drinks, coffee beverages, tea beverages, etc., but do not include freshly squeezed juices (100% natural fruits), milk and dairy products containing not less than 75% milk, and substitutes. Sugar nutritional supplements, diet drinks, etc.
Earlier, Oman had already imposed a 100% excise tax on tobacco, alcohol, pork and energy drinks and a 50% excise tax on carbonated beverages on June 15, 2019.
12. 2020 commodity classification decision adjustment
In order to facilitate the consignees and consignees of import and export goods and their agents to correctly declare the classification of goods, reduce disputes on the classification of goods, and ensure the uniformity of the classification of customs goods, in accordance with the “Administrative Regulations of the Customs of the People’s Republic of China on the Classification of Import and Export Goods” (Announced by Order No. 158 of the General Administration of Customs, revised in accordance with Order No. 218 of the General Administration of Customs) The relevant provisions of the General Administration of Customs have made the decision on commodity classification (see Annex 1), which is hereby announced.
According to my country’s import and export commodities and the actual situation of international trade, some of the commodity classification opinions of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization are transformed into commodity classification decisions (see Annex 2) and announced.
Some commodity classification decisions that have become invalid due to the formulation of new classification decisions shall be announced together (see Annex 3).
This announcement will be implemented from October 1, 2020. Where the laws, administrative regulations, and other relevant regulations on which the commodity classification decision is based are changed, the commodity classification decision shall become invalid at the same time.
The attachments mentioned in the announcement can be downloaded here: