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Mainland China Centralises and Standardises the Customs Process

September 2017

Mainland China Centralises and Standardises the Customs Process

The General Administration of Customs in Mainland China has recently implemented Nationwide Customs Clearance Integration which offers shippers and brokers standardised and efficient services no matter which port they choose.  

In Shenzhen, this eliminates any perceived differences between Customs in DaChan Bay, Yantian and Shekou, and ensures a level playing field across the three Customs locations in Shenzhen.

Centralisation Goes National

Shippers and brokers using different terminals in Mainland China can now submit declarations to any Customs office in the country for centralised processing. The new procedures will bring the same efficient services across the country through centralised customs risk assessment and tax collection functions.  

1. The Nationwide Customs Risk, Prevention & Control Centre maintains a data base covering commodity analysis and enterprise rating. They review shipments for release and determine which potentially high risk shipments need further processing.  This is a quick process which also covers CIQ processing.

2. The Nationwide Unified Tax Collection Centre processes the paperwork for determining taxes, levies and/or the level of tax refund. Customs declaration, payment of taxes and other relevant procedures can now be handled through any customs agency across the country.

The new national procedures are expected to greatly reduce container dwell time on the terminals and provide a uniform approach to the process, taking the decision making from the local terminal Customs offices.