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Important! The new regulations on foreign trade that will be implemented on January 1, 2021 are super-complete!

2021-01-06

01 my country adjusts import tariffs on some commodities

On the afternoon of December 23, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council issued a notice on the adjustment plan for the temporary import tax rate in 2021. In 2021, the most-favored nation tax rate, agreement tax rate and temporary tax rate of some imported goods will be adjusted. From January 1, 2021, the import tariffs of some commodities will be adjusted; the prices of some anti-cancer drugs, medical equipment, and infant milk powder will be supported. Some imported equipment and parts related to the development of new infrastructure and high-tech industries will be adjusted. There is more adequate protection.

This tariff adjustment is a major adjustment in recent years. It not only involves the adjustment of the tax rate, but also the adjustment of the tax items that have not been touched in the past few years, so it is quite interesting. The total number of tax items after adjustment reached 8,580, an increase of 31 over 2020.

Announcement address:

http://gss.mof.gov.cn/gzdt/zhengcefabu/202012/t20201223_3636573.htm

02The General Administration of Customs comprehensively promotes “two-stage access”

On December 22, 2020, the single window re-issued a notice. Since December 22, 2020, the General Administration of Customs has fully promoted the “two-stage access” informatization supervision.

Among them, “the first paragraph of entry” means that before the imported goods are lifted out of the port customs supervision area, the customs shall conduct port inspections on goods that require quarantine and inspection to determine whether the goods are allowed to enter; “the second paragraph is permitted “Incoming” means that after the imported goods are lifted out of the customs supervision area of ​​the port, the customs will perform destination inspection on the goods that have inspection requirements to determine whether the goods are allowed to enter the domestic market for sale or use.

Enterprises only need to tick the three application options of “Transition Inspection”, “Conditional Lifting Off” or “Port and Destination Merger Inspection” in the “Single Window” application process, and the above “two-stage access” The electronic application for “” shall be submitted together with the declared data. If the application does not meet the requirements, a pop-up window will be displayed.

For the goods that do not meet the inspection conditions in the port supervision area, the enterprise can lift it off to the designated place of the application for “transition inspection”;

For the goods that need to be sampled for inspection for inspection or quarantine purposes, if the goods meet the conditions, there is no need to wait for the results of the inspection, and they can be “conditionally lifted” after sampling;

For goods that have both port inspection requirements such as quarantine or inspection, and destination inspection requirements such as inspection, they can be “combined inspection” at the port of entry.

If you encounter any problems during the use of the system, please call the “Single Window” national unified service hotline 95198.

Announcement address:

http://www.singlewindow.cn/tzgg/5221.jhtml

03 Requirements for the declaration of new imported hazardous chemicals

On December 24, 2020, the Single Window issued a notice on regulating the declaration of imported hazardous chemicals. Starting from January 10, 2021, products with HS codes involving hazardous chemicals must check the “Bulk Dangerous Chemicals” in the “Cargo Attributes” column. Only one of “products”, “packed hazardous chemicals” and “non-hazardous chemicals” can continue to be declared. At the same time, provisions are made for the filling of the “Dangerous Goods Information” column.

Official single window notification address:

http://update.singlewindow.cn/pubnotices/20201224/20201224.html

Hazardous chemicals HS/CIQ correspondence table Excel:

http://update.singlewindow.cn/pubnotices/20201224/20201224.xlsx

04Revisions to the origin standards of some commodities under CEPA take effect

According to the announcement issued by the General Administration of Customs on December 24, 2020: In order to promote the economic and trade exchanges between the Mainland and Macao, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the “Inland and Macao Arrangements on Establishing Closer Economic and Trade Relations”, the General Administration of Customs is hereby announced The standards of origin of some commodities in Annex No. 213 of 2018 have been revised. For details, please refer to the attachment in the announcement. The revised standards will be implemented from January 1, 2021.

Announcement address:

http://www.customs.gov.cn/customs/302249/302266/302267/3484621/index.html

05 China-Mauritius certificate of origin issuance

On December 18, the General Administration of Customs issued Announcement No. 128 of 2020, promulgating the Measures for the Administration of Origin of Imported and Exported Goods under the China-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement, which will be formally implemented on January 1, 2021.

The code of the preferential trade agreement of the “China-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement” is “21”; the implementation of the approved exporter system shall be implemented in accordance with the relevant provisions of the General Administration of Customs Announcement No. 52 of 2014, and the involved AA production enterprises are adjusted to production Type advanced certification company.

The Commercial Certification Center of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade recently notified that from January 1, 2021, applicants can apply to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and its local visa agencies to issue the China-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin.

Announcement address:

http://www.customs.gov.cn/customs/302249/302266/302267/3471126/index.html

06CCPIT accepts Mongolian certificate of origin

Recently, the Commercial Certification Center of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade announced that from January 1, 2021, applicants can apply to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and its local origin visa agencies for the issuance of certificates of origin under the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement with the destination country of Mongolia. 

07 Trade reminders after Brexit

When the United Kingdom was still a member of the European Union, it automatically participated in 40 trade agreements reached between the European Union and more than 70 countries or regions. After Brexit, the UK can negotiate the continuation of these agreements. Any existing EU trade agreements will no longer apply to the United Kingdom after December 31, 2020. If the United Kingdom and these countries or regions do not reach a bilateral agreement, they will trade in accordance with WTO rules.

In terms of trade with Britain:

The UK will officially start using the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) certification mark from January 1, 2021. After the UKCA mark is implemented, products that originally only require CE certification will require CE and UKCA certification for export to the European Union and the United Kingdom. This may have a significant impact on the cost of the company’s products and requires great attention. The specific content has been sorted out before, please see here for details: please pay attention to exporting such products! The UK will open the UKCA certification mark to replace the CE mark!

The British Customs also announced that the reform of the tax law for imported goods in the UK will be implemented from January 1, 2021. The specific requirements are: all imported goods whose declared value is less than £135 are subject to value-added tax (VAT). The new tax law abolished the original tax exemption clause for small-value goods imports, that is, goods whose declared value was not greater than £15 originally exempted from tax are now also subject to value-added tax at a rate of 20%. For all goods imported into the UK, if the recipient is an enterprise, the recipient’s economic operator registration identification number (EORI number) and VAT number (VAT number) in the UK must be provided. The EU EORI number will no longer be applicable British import and export business. See here for details: It’s set! The finale of Brexit! Important reminder for British trade after January 1!

08 EU tightens import and export of waste plastics

From January 1, 2021, the EU will implement the new regulations on the import and export of waste plastics and the shipment within the EU.

These new regulations prohibit the export of waste plastics from the EU to non-OECD countries, except for clean waste plastics that can be recycled. The importing country must explain to the European Commission the rules applicable to such imports. Exports from the EU are only allowed under the conditions stipulated by the importing country. For countries that have not provided relevant legal system information, the “prior notice and consent procedure” will apply. The EU’s import and export of hazardous and difficult-to-recycle waste plastics to OECD countries will follow the “pre-notification and consent procedure.” Under this procedure, both the importing country and the exporting country must authorize shipment. The EU imports hazardous and difficult-to-recycle waste plastics from third countries will follow the “pre-notification and consent procedure.” Under this procedure, both the importing country and the exporting country must authorize shipment.

The EU has imposed a “plastic packaging tax” on January 1, 2021, and a tax rate of 0.8 euros per kilogram is imposed on disposable plastic packaging.

09The U.S. extends the validity period of additional tariff exclusions on anti-epidemic materials

On December 22, 2020 local time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued an announcement, announcing a list of four batches of medical products that have been exempted and extended for the validity period. The USTR stated in the announcement that in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the United States decided to extend the validity period of the additional tariff exclusions for four batches of medical protection products, involving a total of 99 medical protection products (including some newly excluded products), and the exclusion validity period is 2021 From January 1 to March 31, 2021.

List query:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/COVID_Extensions_December_2020.pdf

10U.S. STOP Act comes into force

The US STOP Act, which aims to reduce the number of illegal opioids entering the country through the mail system, came into effect on January 1, 2021. This means that the threshold for electronic data attached to each inbound package will be greatly increased.

According to the latest announcement of China Post:

“Since January 1, 2021, the United States requires EAD (Electronic Advance Customs Information) information to be provided in the mail of inbound articles. China Post has reached a solution with the U.S. Postal Service in 2019 to transmit article mail through the UPU information system. EAD information. According to statistics from the UPU and the U.S. Postal Service, customs clearance and delivery of mail sent to the United States through China postal channels are normally carried out. There is no situation in which US mail exported to the United States is denied entry due to incomplete information.

China Post completes data transmission in strict accordance with UPU regulations to ensure smooth customs clearance for exported U.S. mail; China Post maintains a good daily communication mechanism with the U.S. Post, and has established a complete immediate response mechanism to policy changes. Here is a special reminder that you must provide complete and accurate declaration data when using international postal services to achieve fast customs clearance. “

11Russia compulsory sticking of electronic labels

In April 2018, Russia passed Government Decree No. 791, stipulating the general principles 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.

From the beginning of 2021, the mandatory electronic label system will be extended to light industrial products and dairy products. In terms of compulsory 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, whey, 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.

12Medical masks imported from Myanmar require FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar issued a notice to the Association of Pharmaceutical Enterprises on December 24, with the content as follows:

The FDA previously placed medical masks (including N95 and KN95, etc.) to prevent the new crown pneumonia epidemic in the list of epidemic prevention materials that do not need to apply for import approval. In order to allow the public and medical staff to use masks that are safer and meet quality standards, starting from December 24, medical masks including N95 and KN95 have been included in medical supplies that need to apply for FDA import approval.

13African Continental Free Trade Zone launched

From January 1, 2021, the free trade area with the most member states in the world-the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be officially launched. It aims to further reduce tariffs, eliminate trade barriers, promote the development of intraregional trade and investment, and form a single large market covering 1.2 billion people and a cumulative GDP of 2.5 trillion US dollars.

At present, the first phase of AfCFTA negotiations has basically been completed. The second phase of negotiations on investment, competition policy and intellectual property agreements is about to be completed. Negotiations on AfCFTA rules of origin have not yet been completed.

 


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