Keywords: importers, exporters, GAC, online
For the approximately 14,000 Beijing-based companies with
frequent import and export shipments China's General
Administration of Customs (GAC) has commenced the implementation of
some welcome changes.
Currently, more than half of these Beijing-based companies have
to export their products through Tianjin and Hebei, which can be
slow and costly.
With effect July 1, 2014, Beijing and Tianjin Customs are
introducing simplified procedures through a new regional integrated
online clearance system, which will facilitate trade through the
Four unified platforms have been established in a centralized
customs clearance center. This center will take charge of required
processes, including declarations, document examinations, risk
control and field operations, across the region.
GAC anticipates that Hebei Customs will join this integrated
system in October 2014, effectively integrating 43 Customs
clearance sites in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. The system also will
be implemented in China's Pearl Delta and Yangtze River areas
in October 2014. Each of these Customs clearance centers will be
able to share information through this regional online integrated
The impact on traders is great. With this new system, a company
in the region can choose any Customs office within the region to
lodge their import or export declarations.
GAC has indicated that following the completion of related
customs procedures, any Customs offices in the area will recognize
checks conducted by their counterparts. This will have cost saving
and time saving benefits. Other key benefits are the potential
elimination of having to use different tariff classifications at
some ports of entry for the same goods, acceptance of value at one
port and not having to deal with multiple Customs offices.
The average clearance time for importing and exporting through
Beijing Capital International Airport had been approximately 8
July 1, 2014, we understand that Customs offices in Tianjin and
Beijing processed approximately 260 cross-customs orders with each
taking only a minute to complete customs clearance.
However, we anticipate that there could be implementation delays
during this initial period.
If you have any personal experiences with using this new system,
we welcome your thoughts.
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