Application for Quotas and Licenses of Foreign Trade Operators

Update time:2016-02-29  source:

Foreign trade operators importing goods that are free to be imported/exported are not subject to any restrictions.

But for the import and export of goods subject to restriction, an import licensing system is implemented and application has to be made for the corresponding quotas and licences.

Technologies whose import/export are restricted are subject to licensing control while technologies that are free to be imported/exported are subject to contract registration.

(a)Application for Import Quota and License

1.Import quota

The number of products under import quota licensing control has gradually been reduced following China’s entry into the WTO.

Starting from 1 January 2004, import quota licensing control has been removed on refined oil products, natural rubber, vehicle tyres, and motor vehicles under certain tariff codes and key parts thereof.

In 2004, only five categories of commodities were subject to import quota licensing and import licensing control, with motor vehicles and key parts thereof subject to import quota licensing and CD-ROM manufacturing equipment, classified chemicals, poisonous chemicals, and ozone depleting substances subject to import licensing control.

Starting from 1 January 2005, import quota licensing for motor vehicles and key parts thereof and CD-ROM manufacturing equipment has been abolished.

Starting 2008, import licensing control is only implemented on ozone depleting substances.

To import commodities subject to import quota licensing control, an import enterprise should submit application together with the required documents to the department in charge of import quotas.

After obtaining an import quota certificate, it may proceed to apply for an import licence and go through customs declaration formalities.

There are specific provisions for processing trade, re-export, and import within the investment limit.

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