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China Customs Issues Amended Regulations on Inbound, Outbound, and Cargo Manifest Issues


On September 23, 2014, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) issued GACC Announcement #70 providing amended guidelines on the supervision of inbound and outbound transport, as well as the management of cargo manifest issues.

The main revised requirements, which became effective on October 15, 2014, include the following:
  • Electronic data errors in the transmission may be re-transmitted before the deadline, except for situations in which the goods’ owner has finished all customs declaration formalities.
  • If there are no separate bills, the manifest transmitter shall provide information under an overall bill of lading through the manifest management system's "commodity description" data entry and then transmit to the Customs.
  • A customs declarer shall ensure that each declaration form has one corresponding bill of lading. Where one batch of goods cannot be cleared in one declaration, the declarer may submit an application to the onsite customs unit for splitting the overall bill of lading
  • For non-containerized exports, the goods handler shall transmit the electronic data handling report to the Customs on the strength of the weight certificates issued by state-authorized inspection agencies.
  • The manifest transmitter shall transmit the electronic data regarding allocation of inbound and outbound empty containers.
  • Where a registered enterprise has alteration in its registered information, the enterprise shall, within 10 workdays after its alteration in registered information, submit the Registration Alteration Sheet
  • Where an enterprise fails to transmit the electronic data of vehicles and manifests, Customs will impose penalty in accordance with China Customs Regulations on Administrative Penalty.
  • Customs will conduct field inspections over inbound and outbound vehicles and over the goods/articles carried therein.
  • The data may be submitted through China E-Port platform.

This regulation change applies to Air & Ocean, Import & Export. Road transportation is uncertain at this stage. As per China Customs regulations, one customs declaration can consist of maximum 20 declaration lines, and hence the change imposes the biggest impact to high volume importers / exporters, who ship over 20 declaration lines in a same bill of lading / AWB.

Local Customs is aware of the regulation change and is closely working with the industry on the operational changes.

Expeditors is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they occur. Please contact your local Expeditors office for specific questions and concerns.

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