China to Implement Paperless Customs Clearance of Pesticides

China to Implement Paperless Customs Clearance of PesticidesOn 16 December 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (MoARA) solicits opinion on draft measures for the import and export surveillance of pesticides, aimed to optimized administrative procedures and facilitate trade. The most remarkable change of this move is the paperless operation of customs clearance: once the pesticide exporter/importer obtained the electric import/export notice through the Chinese International Trade Single Window(Single Window), the customs will release the cargo without collecting paper documents.

MoARA and the Customs General Administration are responsible for the compilation and adjustment of the “Catalog of Pesticides subject to Import and Export Surveillance”. Pesticides to be imported/exported need to obtain pesticide registration and domestic enterprises engaged in the import/export need to obtain pesticide operation license and MoARA may verify the information before the electronic application depending on different circumstances. The draft measures specified the conditions, documents required and procedures for the electric application of import/export notice.

Condition

Documents and Procedures

Importing from an overseas producer who has already obtained the registration

  • Pesticide registration certificate;
  • Certificate of origin;
  • Quality certificate

Directly handled through the Single Window

Importing from an overseas producer who has not yet obtain the registration

  • Pesticide registration certificate;
  • Certificate of origin;
  • Quality certificate;
  • Documentary evidence certifying the relationship/partnership between the overseas exporter (to China) and the overseas producer

Handled through the Single Window after MoARA verification

Importing a pesticide for research and experiment purpose

  • Documents supporting the use purpose

Handled through the Single Window after MoARA verification

Exporting a homegrown pesticide by a domestic producer

  • Pesticide registration certificate;
  • Pesticide production license;

Directly handled through the Single Window

Exporting a pesticide by a trading enterprise

  • Pesticide registration certificate;
  • Pesticide production license (of the producer);
  • Latter of authority from the producer;

Handled through the Single Window after MoARA verification

Exporting an OEM pesticide

  • Pesticide registration certificate;
  • Pesticide production license;
  • Pesticide production license of the OEM producer;
  • OEM agreement;

Handled through the Single Window after MoARA verification

The importing/exporting of a pesticide registered under the export-only category, pesticide subject to the Rotterdam Convention and pesticide prohibited/restricted in China shall comply with relevant rules separately specified. The outbound flow from bonded area, export processing zones and special customs surveillance zone and the mobility among bonded area, export processing zones and special customs surveillance zone do not need an import/export notice. The import/export notices are issued on a “one notice on shipment” basis and each notice is valid for a maximum of 3 months, or until 31 December each year.

Reference Link

MoARA's Consultation Notice(in Chinese)

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