China Customs Clearance

Shipping your products to China can be a difficult and frustrating process.  Once your products are stuck in customs, regardless of the reason, delays and storage fees will add up quickly.  After years of experience in assisting our customers, we have found the following areas to be critical in the process of China customs clearance:

  • Obtaining the proper product certifications
  • Choosing the correct HS (Tariff) code
  • Shipping the product
  • Proving your products do not require certification

Choosing the Correct HS (Tariff) Code

Not all HS (Tariff) codes are created equal.  The HS code chosen for your product can affect the customs clearance process and the types of certifications required for your product to enter the China market. 

Some products can even fall under multiple HS (Tariff) codes. In these situations, choosing one particular code can be more advantageous than the others, and it could save you months clearing the product through China Customs.  G&M Compliance has years of experience using these codes and can help you choose the best code for your product.

Shipping the Product

Shipping product into China requires a shipping company and an Expediter, which is a party that verifies the product being shipped is compliant with Chinese regulations. Both of these parties require the paperwork to match the rest of the shipping game plan. G&M can handle this portion to help streamline the overall process and provide complete door-to-door service.

Product Certifications

Depending on the type of product you are shipping into China, you may need one or more government mandated certification marks, including CCC, SRRC, SFDA, ISCCC.  G&M’s office in Beijing has worked with Chinese Certification Bodies for over 10 years.  We have developed the expertise and strategic relationships to get products certified quickly and efficiently.

Proving Your Products Do Not Require Certification

For products that are exempt from CCC certification, it may be difficult to find the proper documentation to prove that your product does not require the 3Cs. “CCC rejection letters” written by U.S. or European-based certification bodies are often not recognized by China customs officials. G&M Compliance avoids this issue by obtaining confirmation straight from the Chinese authorities so it will be recognized by China Customs Clearance Authorities.   


For more than 10 years, G&M Compliance has helped clients clear customs in Beijing. We have excellent working relationships with experts in the customs clearance process that allow us to clear shipments quickly and efficiently. 

G&M has assisted clients who:

  • are just starting the CCC certification process
  • have obtained a proper China certification, but did not properly complete customs paperwork
  • are stuck in customs regardless of being CCC exempt
  • are sending product to be tested at a test lab
  • have special circumstances

G&M can support your China customs challenges!

For more information, see the China CCC Certification page or our article on Entry to China.

For more information, additional questions, or to request a quote – Please contact us directly at (714) 628-1020