Shipping Regulatory Update

Customs regulations for inbound and outbound shipments change from time to time. We have collated important announcements by customs authorities worldwide to help our customers stay up-to-date when shipping with us. Timely understanding and compliance with new requirements such as duty and tax information, tariff descriptions, product-harmonized codes, and customs clearance documentation will avoid costly shipping delays.

  • Customs Regulations for China Shipments

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Posted on January 30, 2018

Handling of Shipments Related to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics/ Paralympics in South Korea (updated)

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympic games will take place in South Korea from February 9 to February 25 and March 9 to March 18, 2018 respectively.

Shipments brought into South Korea for Pyeongchang Olympic/Paralympic purposes are subject to Special Exemption Procedures (SEP), which gives exemptions on duties and taxes. There is no need to apply for SEP for goods for personal use that are valued under USD150 as these are tax exempt.

According to the official guideline by the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), only the official logistic supplier, Hanjin Transportation (Hanjin), offers SEP on duties and taxes at an additional charge.

Customers who ship Olympic and Paralympic-related materials to South Korea should indicate “POCOG SEP APPLY” on the consignee section of the air waybill and commercial invoice of their shipments. This is a requirement by POCOG to apply for SEP and helps us identify applicable shipments.

Upon arrival of applicable shipments, FedEx will contact recipients for confirmation and forward applicable shipments to Hanjin for SEP customs clearance and domestic delivery. The SEP-related costs will be charged directly by Hanjin, and FedEx will not be able to refund any portion of shipping charges for those shipments.

From February 1 till March 18, 2018, FedEx Express is unable to transport any shipments to the Olympics/Paralympics restricted areas in South Korea as the only the official transportation supplier is permitted access. FedEx provides consignees with the option to receive their shipments outside the restricted areas without an additional charge. FedEx will directly contact the consignee in Korea before a shipment’s delivery and provide detailed information about how to receive the shipment outside the restricted areas.

 


 

Posted on December 29, 2017

2017 GAC Announcement #48

According to the General Administration of Customs (GAC) announcement #48, effective January 1, 2018, bonded transfer will no longer be accepted. National Integrated Customs Clearance (NRCC) will replace bonded transfer clearance. Cargo inspection under NRCC will be completed at the import or export port instead of at the Customs where the customer makes his/her declaration.

For further information, please contact your Sales Representative or local Customs officials, You can also call our Customer Service Hotline at 800.988.1888/400.886.1888 (International) and 400 889 1888 (Domestic)

 


 

Posted on December 15, 2017

Changes of duty and tax exemption for imports to Taiwan

The Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan amended the "Regulations Governing Customs Clearance Procedures for Air Express Consignments". Effective 1 January 2018, the de minimis amount for import low-value duty-free consignment will be NTD$ 2,000, down from NTD$ 3,000.

If you have any questions about the regulatory changes, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

 


 

Posted on October 20, 2017

2017 GAC Announcement #44

According to the General Administration of Customs (GAC) #44 announcements, effective September 21, 2017, the GAC will simplify the electronic duty payment process. Now, the process of printing a duty memo on-site to trigger the actual deduction of duty will be eliminated. The details are:

  1. For import/export enterprises and companies that choose to pay customs duty electronically, the customs system will automatically issue a notice of payment deduction and release shipments upon successful payment and submission the correct declaration paperwork.

  2. Once released, import/export enterprises and companies can obtain a first copy of the tax memo from customs on-site.

  3. Other than Treasury Information Process System test sites, commercial banks participating in the electronic payment scheme should comply with the GAC Announcement #17 of 2011 to process the second to fifth copy of the tax memo so as to avoid delays in the transfer of duty.

  4. The remaining electronic duty payment processes will follow the GAC Announcement #17 of 2011.

We are excited about the efforts of China Customs to improve the customs clearance process. These electronic duty payment changes are yet another way the process is being simplified.

For further information, please contact your Sales Representative, call our Customer Service Hotline at 800.988.1888/400.886.1888 (International) and 400 889 1888 (Domestic).

*For more information, please check:
GAC announcement #44 of 2017

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Regulatory changes of duty and tax exemption for imports to Taiwan

Posted on June 28, 2017

Effective 1 July 2017, the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan will exclude frequent importers who enjoyed the duty and tax exemption for shipments with a dutiable value of less than NTD$ 3,000. A frequent shipper is defined as one who imports six shipments or above within six months into Taiwan. The observation periods are fixed for every six months, January-June and July-December. Shipment counts will be reset to zero every January 1 and July 1.

The MINISTRY OF FINANCE Order is hereby given for the promulgation of the definition of the term "frequently imported" stipulated under Paragraph 2, Article 49 of "Customs Act" (promulgation shall be effective from 1 July 2017).

If you have any questions about the regulatory changes, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

Regulation change on express shipments to South Korea (Effective July 1, 2017)

Posted on June 26, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, Korea Customs Service (KCS) will apply the formal entry process on any import express shipments to South Korea that have an incomplete consignee address or incomplete telephone number on customs documents, regardless of the declared value. The formal entry process will take at least one day longer for customs clearance than the informal entry process, which is normally applied to express shipments valued less than USD 150 (or USD 200 from the U.S.).

In order to avoid delays for your shipments to South Korea, please include an accurate and complete consignee address and telephone number on your air waybill and/or commercial invoice.

  • Local Regulatory Update

Information on the Shenzhen Airport Customs Requirements for the Declaration of Category C Express Shipments

Posted on January 17, 2017

According to the Announcement of the General Administration of Customs No 19, 2016 on the Adoption of the New Express Clearance System and Related Matters [the “Announcement”], Category C express shipments are classified as those goods with a value of CNY 5,000 (not including transportation, insurance and miscellaneous fees) or below (except those goods which need to apply for licenses, export tax rebates, foreign exchange collection for export or foreign exchange payment for import).

Under the Announcement, Shenzhen Airport Customs requires that Category C express shipments be classified as "General Trade" or "Trade Samples and Advertising Items". Details about the regulation can be found on the official website:
http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab49564/info789895.htm

To ensure quick and smooth clearance of your import and export express shipments that transit through Shenzhen Airport, please note the following:

Export:

  • For each shipment, indicate "General Trade" or "Trade Samples and Advertising Items" next to the description of the goods in the commodity description box of the waybill.

  • Those shipments marked with "sample" or "samples" next to the description of goods in the commodity description will be declared as "Trade Samples and Advertising Items".

  • Those shipments not marked with “sample” or “samples” or otherwise specified will be declared as “General Trade”.

  • Goods sent through online shopping platforms such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba, will be declared as "General Trade".

Import:

  • The recipient shall call or send an email to FedEx related representative or CS to confirm whether a shipment is “General Trade” or “Trade Samples and Advertising Items” before the shipment’s arrival.

  • Shipments marked with "sample" or "samples" next to the description of goods on the waybill/ invoice will be declared as “Trade Samples and Advertising Items”.

  • Shipments not marked with “sample” or “samples” or otherwise specified will be declared as “General Trade”.

Please note that Shenzhen Customs will review and verify the declaration of documents and goods according to their functional authority and will have the final determination as to how goods are declared. Failure to comply with the above may result in your shipment being held up for processing by Shenzhen Customs.

FedEx will continue to keep you updated on the latest regulatory changes.

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