Chinese Customs and Regulations For Imports: Are You Prepared?

by G&M Compliance (November 20, 2016)

Thinking about doing business in China?

Products imported into China are subject to a large list of rules and regulations. Crossing through Chinese customs successfully can save you precious time and money, but it requires a thorough understanding of the relevant standards and the proper documentation. An experienced professional compliance service can ensure you pass through customs efficiently, saving you precious time and money during the certification process.

Compliance experts act like preventative maintenance for a car—you can either change the oil regularly and keep the costs low, or you can wait until you have a larger systemic issue that requires more energy and money to fix. Engaging a professional compliance agency from the start of your project can save you time, money, and headaches, allowing you to focus on the development of your product.

Keys to importing your product into China

It is important to start looking into China Compulsory Certification (CCC certification) from the inception of your idea to export to China. In addition to the CCC mark, the following three things are important if you are looking to sell a product in the People’s Republic of China:

  1. First, it is important to thoroughly understand the process of importing goods into China. You must carry out the necessary research, documentation, and due diligence to ensure that your product clears Chinese customs and goes through successful testing before being allowed into the country.
  2. Secondly, in order to get through China customs, it is beneficial to establish a relationship with Chinese regulatory bodies to ensure your success. This relationship will help facilitate the customs process, including working through unforeseen delays in customs.
  3. And lastly, your paperwork must be in order before you ship to China, even if you are only shipping samples. A professional compliance agency can help you complete this paperwork, keeping in mind the newest regulations and rules for your industry.

How a compliance professional can help

Importing goods into China requires paying attention to a wide variety of factors—paying import taxes, filling out paperwork properly, choosing the best tariff code, obtaining certification marks, and proving exemptions for products that do not require certification. Even if all of these criteria are met, importing your product into China hinges on successful testing and clearing Chinese customs efficiently, where delays can lead to costly storage fees.

The compliance experts at G&M Compliance have spent years working with Chinese regulatory bodies, and these relationships are extremely valuable for our clients’ success. Our established relationships, developed both in the U.S. and in our Beijing office, help clients work through challenges, avoid delays, and successfully obtain certification. Our years of experience have taught us to handle even the most complex certification challenges, allowing you to focus on successful development and marketing of your product.

Once you have obtained certification, you must renew your certification every year, which requires an annual factory inspection. G&M Compliance can help facilitate these renewals through certificate management services, keeping you up-to-date on upcoming expirations, renewals, and new standards for your industry.

Contact us today to learn more about the CCC certification process and how we can help your product clear Chinese customs. G&M Compliance is here to be your full-service compliance solution.