Import Licences for Computer Goods into China

Question posted by Gary Mills, on behalf of Richardson Eyres in HP5

We are trying to export servers to various sites in China for one customer. The goods are at customs in China and we have just been informed that the customer doesn't have the relevent Import Licence for electronic equipment.

Our shipper is saying the customer needs to sort this out and their local agent cannot really help, but the customer is saying they don't really know how to go about getting this (these - do they need a separate licence for each site?)

Can anyone give any advice we can pass on to the customer about how to obtain the licence and timescales involved.

Thanks
Gary

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Ryan Beck, on behalf of BF Projects Limited in BT3.

Hi Gary

The Shipper need's to obtain a License in China ( to allow them to export the goods ), Customs in China are Very Very Strict with this type of thing and will not release any cargo with out it.if the license is not obtained they may even request the cargo to be Destroyed/returned !! The shipper need's to speak to Customs in China and apply for a License, how long this takes i do not know.

We are a Family Run shipping company in Belfast Dealing with Deep Sea Exports every day, if i can be of any help to you please get in contact, We can supply very competitive rate for the far east.

Thanks
Ryan

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Mike Barnes, on behalf of Despatch Point Limited in RG22.

Hi Gary
If you contact me by email mike@despatchpoint.com or 01256 840884 I can give you details of our partners in China who could contact the consignee and see if they can assist with this problem.
Regards
Mike Barnes

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Glyn Windsor, on behalf of Transatlantic Shipping Ltd in NG16.

Hello Gary,
I am wondering what the classification /tariff heading you used for these goods on export out of UK. The tariff heading would normally flag the need for an export/import licence. There are a lot of regulations in force regarding the movement of communication equipment and they are particularly concerned about possible dual use items.
You may be liable for demurrages/quay rents if your Importer does not resolve this issue.
It takes on average 20 days in Uk to obtain a Licence but that is once all conditions have been met satisfactorily. The preparation of the submission can take a couple of weeks. China is not the quickest country to respond to Licence applications so I think you need to
ensure your consignee does not delay with the application. He should contact a specialist broker who will do the application on his behalf. Also you should have a plan B, i.e what if the goods cannot be imported. Get a rate to return the goods and also the cost of clearing Uk Customs. You won't be liable for VAT or Duty as your Broker will submit evidence of export. Good Luck with it. Glyn Windsor

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Hi Gary,

I have forwarded your question to my counterpart in China, he has asked me if I can supply the contact details of the consignee in China so that he can contact him to discuss the exact problem, please email me details at innes.clark@hicargo.com.

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Dear Gary,

There are three possible scenarios occuring here or possibly all three.

1. Import licenses are product range specific which they may not have - this can be overcome reletively simply
2. Though not too likely from your description but possible is that any unique software is not pre-registered - this is more difficult to overcome
3. Electronic product needs to be safety certified (like CE) for the China market which is called China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) - as with software registration a simple or immediate solution will not be forthcoming.

All the above, where relevant, can be overcome but I would suggest will significantly delay delivery to your client.

There are a couple of questions/comments I have based on the situation you describe. However, due to their nature I would like to suggest to take this conversation off a public thread.

I may be contacted at:

stewart.ferguson@cbbc.org
01788 570929
07932 698794

For more China information please see our website www.cbbc.org

Kind regards,

Stewart Ferguson
Head of Research Group

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Sam Kong, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment China in China.

Dear Gary,

According to the latest Foreign Trade Law, import goods and technologies are divided into four categories, namely prohibited imports, restricted imports, free imports, and goods under tariff-rate quota management. The import of goods and technologies under the free imports category is not subject to any restrictions. However, due to the need to monitor import goods, China introduced the automatic licensing system on certain free import goods and has published a catalogue on them. For the import of commodities subject to automatic import licensing, the consignee should apply for automatic licensing before customs declaration and obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Commerce or its designated organs.

2. All imported software products (including localised software products) are required to register with China Software Industry Association (CSIA) or provincial software industry association. Some special software regarding network security also needs approval from the Public Security Bureau.

3. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) requires all telecom equipment including terminal devices to be tested and certified. There are two kinds of certificates for telecom products, namely, Type of Approval for radio products and Telecom equipment network access license for all other products.

4. Some ICT products are subject to China Compulsory Certification (CCC). Effective from 1 August 2003, the CCC mark is required for a wide range of manufactured products including some electrical and electronic products before being exported to China.

Hope the above information may help you.

Thank you and kind regards,

Sam Kong
Senior Trade Officer
UKTI Shanghai

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