Enforcement Ramps Up in China as National Sword Continues

The market impacts of National Sword 2017, China’s sweeping crackdown on imports, are beginning to come into focus. Their General Administration of Customs is focusing their efforts on catching smugglers, who face jail time as well as tax evasion charges.

It’s critical to keep a few things in mind when preparing shipments bound for China. First, ensure that the contents of your container meets China’s Quality Standards. Take special care to  confirm that any shipment is fully and properly documented. Shipping data is received from the shipping line systems by the China Inspection & Quarantine services (CIQ). They are compiling and comparing available shipment data to determine if a shipment is above board or if  further investigation is required. Taking additional steps to ensure your documentation is all in order will save everyone involved a headache.

Inspection dates from China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) are being compared with the “Gate In” dates. The container will be forwarded for smuggling investigations if the listed “Gate In” date is earlier than the listed CCIC inspection date.

To stop smugglers and tax evaders from selling CCIC inspection certificates and falsified shipping documents, any B/L loading weights that differ by 2% of their Custom Scale Weights will be sent for further investigation.

Shippers should also ensure that shipments are backed up with Certified Weight tickets. In addition, make sure that your packaging list has correct weights listed during data entry to avoid losing your container to smuggling investigations and further delaying delivery.

In the effort to stem the inward flow of contraband disguised as foreign, the General Administration of Customs (GAC), the environmental protection department, the police, and the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have decided to pool their forces and formed a joint task group to enforce regulation.

The task group has begun to identify high-risk goods, conducting follow-up checks for listed high risk targets. Those convicted of diverting materials listed for recycling (or possess illegal goods) are being penalized. The joint task group has agreed to carry out an action beginning March 1st in which they plan on paying close attention to the flow of imported waste, including shipment, customs check, and final recycling. The initial action will continue until November 20th 2017.

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