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Reformed regional customs in Guangdong

The Chinese government’s General Administration of Customs has introduced integrated customs clearance procedures in Gongbei, Guangzhou, Huangpu, Jiangmen, Shantou, Shenzhen and Zhanjiang – referred to as ‘Guangdong regional customs’. This strategy is an attempt to cover all stages of customs clearance, thus accelerating the pace of customs reform while promoting trade between locations with close economic ties.

A regional customs clearance centre has been established and unified platforms for customs declaration, risk prevention and control, specialised document examination and on-site document acceptance has been adopted.

The first stage of this reform officially commenced on 22nd September and saw the measures implemented at Guangdong’s airports and seaports. The policy will include land ports from 1st December.
As a result of this new undertaking, an organisation importing and exporting goods at any airport or sea port in Guangdong is now free to choose where to make customs declaration, pay customs duties and release goods in line with its own requirements. It is possible for all goods to obtain cross-customs release, except for those requiring inspection (which must be released at those places where they enter into, or exit from, Chinese territory).

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This article was originally published on page 2 of the November 2014 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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