In April 2018, China merged its two customs organizations in a forward-looking move set to increase opportunities for British exporters and support China’s import and export industry.
China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) was formally merged to become part of the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) in what is a key development for the Chinese government.
This overhaul of China’s customs clearance system, to be faster and more efficient, is a pre-emptive move responding to the expected influx of imported foreign products set to hit China in upcoming years.
China inspection and quarantine
The CIQ is responsible for the inspection of import and export commodities in China.
It’s tasked with confirming that imported commodities align with Chinese regulation and provide certification that proves your right to trade. Their inspection includes:
One application for one application
Before the merge, enterprises exporting to China would have to apply separately to the CIQ and GACC, and commodities would endure two separate inspections.
The new system under the merger means that exporters need to only apply once for a comprehensive inspection of their products, receiving all relevant certifications from both bureaus upon completion.
What does this mean for British exporters?
Simplifying procedures and minimising inspections will result in three key areas of improvement:
China has a rapidly expanding middle-class (expected to hit 780 million within the next decade) with a growing disposable income to spend on imported childcare items, entertainment, food & drink, personal transport, and technology among many others.
This development, as ACOLINK CEO Anita Zhang says, will positively streamline trade with China.
It simplifies the process for exporters; making easier, more cost-effective and more accessible.
With the Chinese government’s encouragement of international trade, merging CIQ with GACC marks the beginning of a simplified import procedure that will be much easier to navigate for exporters from the UK and beyond.
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