New China Customs Requirements Effective June 1st

If you are currently engaged in the trade of goods into and/or out of air and/or sea ports in China, please read the following information carefully.

In an effort to improve the security of its air and sea ports and better monitor the movement of goods entering and exiting its borders, the government of the People’s Republic of China has recently imposed a new set of rules governing the processes by which exports to China must be administered.

Effective June 1, 2018, advance cargo conveyance data must be submitted electronically to China Customs 24 hours prior to being loaded onto sea vessels for all shipments into and out of Chinese sea ports.

Manifests for goods on China-bound aircraft must be submitted electronically before “wheels up” for flights that are four hours or less. Flights set to arrive in China more than four hours after “wheels up” must have their manifest electronically submitted at least four hours prior to arrival in China.

Please note, the new requirement applies only to goods that are shipped on or after June 1, 2018. These requirements are not for cargo shipped prior to June 1, 2018.

The manifest must include the following information:

  • Loading and unloading place code

  • Country code

  • Consignor code, name and phone number

  • Consignee name, phone number and company code (phone number and company code are not applicable when consignee is “to order”)

  • Name of contact person for consignee and his/her contact information (not applicable when consignee is “to order”)

The manifest must accurately reflect all goods under bills of lading.

In addition, U.S. shippers must provide;

  • The ultimate importer’s identification number (EIN)

  • Chinese Consignees must provide their Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) as well as their enterprise code.

Please be prepared to provide your JMC project manager all the information referenced above when booking China-bound freight or transshipments through China.

Failure to provide an accurate and complete manifest to China Customs within the prescribed time frame will result in delays in the clearance of your cargo until the required information is available and transmitted to China Customs.

Please contact your freight manager with any questions you might have regarding this change in procedure.