what are the rules regarding export of second hand / vintage furniture to China?

Question posted by RUI LI, on behalf of LIRUI in M1

Hi all

I like to ship some second hand/vintage furniture from UK to China (Shanghai & Beijing). I have done some research about regulation of import to China side, can't find any thing about export from UK. Could anyone help me with this please?

Thank you very much!
Li

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Christopher Willers, on behalf of Access to Export Ltd in CB21.

Dear Li
My name is Chris Willers and I run an export services company called Access to Export Ltd based near Cambridge.
Firstly in order to export you will need to apply to HMRC for a EORI (Economic Operator Reference and Identification) number to identify you as a trader engaged in international trade. You will need to ensure correct export declarations are made made for each export to the National Export System (NES) to enable each export shipment to be processed and cleared for export. Further details can be found in customs notice 725 which can be downloaded from the HMRC web site using the following link
http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_PublicNoticesAndInfoSheets&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_CL_000260
You will also need to ensure that the goods are correctly classified with the appropriate customs tariff code.
Another important aspect is you need to check whether you need an export licence and be fully compliant with UK Export Controls. You can use the link below to access details covering UK export controls and further information about Starting to Export https://www.gov.uk/starting-to-export
I hope this is of some assistance but if you would like further help further please feel free to contact directly either by e-mail chris@accesstoexport.com or by phone 01223 890767.

kind regards
Chris

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RUI LI, on behalf of LIRUI in M1.

Hi Chris

Thank you so much for your help, I meant to rate your response for 5 stars... I am new user of this site, thought I have to click each individual stars... sorry.

I will spend a bit time to digest the info you gave me, will definitely contact you if I need further help.

Thanks again
Li Rui

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Christopher Willers, on behalf of Access to Export Ltd in CB21.

Hi Li
You are welcome.
I noticed I made a mistake with the customs notice I referred to in my response. The correct customs notice is number 275. The link I gave is the correct link for notice 275. Apologies.
Kind regards
Chris

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Hi Li Rui,

On the Chinese side, a few points you will need to consider:
- you will require a China-based company (your customer, distributor, agent for example) that is registered to import goods
- for wood or other organic content in the furniture there would be bio/phyto-sanitary certifications to be completed
- different ports and the different customs offices in the ports will assess the relevant standards/HS codes individually and sometimes they reach different results - your China importer should be able to assist on assuring codes and required customs information and documentation are designated and completed properly.
- you will need to consider how your goods will be warehoused on the ground in China, and how and when officially imported.
- you should conduct due diligence on your customer and assure payment terms and channels are acceptable and legitimate.

The China Britain Business Council can help point you in the right direction for these and other common China import procedures. Happy to discuss further if that helps.

Jim Mahoney - jim.mahoney@ccbc.org.cn

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Donna Whelan, on behalf of UKTI North West in M17.

Dear Li

There don't appear to be any specific regulations/restrictions from the UK side regarding exporting second hand/vintage furniture to China. The European Commission Market Access Database provides useful information on exporting from the EU, such as tariffs, trade barriers and sanitary and phytosanitary issues. The weblink is at http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm .

Hope this helps.

Donna Whelan

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

HI Li,

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

I would also suggest that you contact the Chinese Customs Authorities to ascertain if there are any import restrictions on such items.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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taha saadi, on behalf of living large in Pakistan.

Hi if you'd like to export furniture to.Pakistan I could be of help there's a huge demand of goreign furniture here and we've got our showroom here

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