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China Import and Export License Introduction

Updated:2018-2-9 16:05:53    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:293

An import license is a document issued by a national government authorizing the importation of certain goods into its territory. Import licenses are considered to be non-tariff barriers to trade when used as a way to discriminate against another country's goods in order to protect a domestic industry from foreign competition. An export license grants permission to conduct a certain type of export transaction. It is issued by the appropriate licensing agency after a careful review of the facts surrounding the given export transaction. Below is an introduction to the import and export regulations in China.

Introduction to Export license
An Export license, or Export permit, is a document issued to companies by China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.

The Export license is required for shipping goods out of China. Without such a license, the cargo will not be cleared through the Chinese customs.

As such, most export oriented suppliers, both manufacturers and trading companies, hold Export licenses.

Who should apply for the Export license?
The Export licenses are only issued to Chinese companies, that wish to export goods from China to overseas markets. Hence, overseas buyers don’t need to obtain license or permit in China.

Export Fees or Taxes in China
Overseas buyers are not required to pay any import duties or taxes in China. However, there is a set of ‘Export clearance fees’ that are ultimately paid by the Importer, on a per shipment basis.

However, the all such costs are included in the FOB (Free on Board), CIF (Cost Freight Insurance) and DAP (Delivered at Place) price quotations. As such, many Importers are not aware that they are paying these export fees (and perhaps more importantly, not bothered by it).

If you import goods via EXW (Ex Works) terms, the supplier is not including the export fees in the quoted price. That is still not a way to reduce costs, as you must still pay it to another party in the end.

What is required for importing goods into China?
In order to purchase imported goods, an importer in China must have:
a. Authorization from the various governmental bodies;
b. sufficient foreign exchange; and
c. an import license (in some cases).

When is an import license required?
An import license is required for the importation of some goods. Any importer should refer to the MOFTEC's current list of "restricted goods" that require import licenses. An import license is most often required where:

a.  a good is listed by MOFTEC as a "restricted good" that requires an import license;
b.  an importer does not have foreign trade rights; or
c. a FTC imports goods that are beyond its business scope as authorized by the government.

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