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Customs Clearance: The importance of China export market still grows

24. April 2014
Commercial container port in Hong Kong

The economic growth of China has consistently provided business opportunities for the US, Europe and other countries world-wide over the last decade. Going forward the projected annual GDP growth rate of 7.5 % leaves no doubt that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. With a strong start to 2014, these projections are supported with by early numbers showing a tremendous increase of the Chinese imports of approximately 10% already.
China has become the second largest importer of goods world-wide, with growth forecasts showing opportunities in key industries – such as the automotive industry, medical device technology, machinery and equipment and other high-grade consumer goods. According to a statement by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), China has become the fifth most important export market for Germany with a delivery volume valued at 70 billion euros.
For manufacturers it is important to check the requirements of exporting in advance. Particularly, to clarify what kind of certifications or registrations are required for the products in order to avoid any problems and/or delays at Chinese customs.

One mandatory certification for the Chinese market is for example the CCC-certification (China Compulsory Certificate). The respective product groups, which require a CCC certification, are defined in an official catalog of the AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) and CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration). If CCC is required it is important to understand the relevant Chinese GB Standard (GB stands for guobiao) and the implementation rules. A review of the CCC responsibility on the basis of the customs tariff number (HS code) is not recommended, because HS codes are regularly updated by Chinese customs, but changes are not automatically adopted by CNCA and AQSIQ – which can result in misunderstandings and delays.
Additionally, for certain electronic and medical products, the CEL-certification (China Energy Label) and CFDA-certification (China Food and Drug Administration) are also necessary.
It is also important to note that, in a shipment of used mechanical and/or electronic products, a pre-shipment inspection in addition to various certification requirements must be carried out by an agency, authorized by Chinese authorities.
If you want to learn more about the export, customs clearance and the certification of your products please check our Customs Clearance-section of our website. For more detailed information please download our free booklet “Customs clearance China” here.
Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions you may have.

MPR Author

About the author: Julian Busch is founder and Managing Director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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