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  1. If consignees or their agents (Importers) can provide the China Customs with the following transportation documents when applying for convention tariff or preferential rate, the China Customs will not require importers to provide the “Certificate of Non-manipulation” issued by C&ED or China Inspection Co. Ltd. (CIC Ltd.):
    1. For transhipment cargo via Hong Kong by air or sea - The single through bill of lading issued by international liner transportation operators and their trusted agents1, civil aviation transportation enterprises, international express enterprises. The departure point, which is within the boundary of the country of origin (region) and the destination point which is within the boundary of the Mainland, should be displayed on the same page of the single through bill of lading;
    2. For containerized cargo under the FTAs (e.g. ECFA and The China-Korea Free Trade Agreement) of which the electronic data of country of origin could be exchanged - Through bills of lading which can prove that the container number and seal number are remain unchanged during their whole transportation journey.
  2. If the above two requirements could not be fulfilled, importers are required to observe the following requirements to provide “Certificate of Non-manipulation”2:
    1. For both containerized and bulk cargo, which are required to have inspection and quarantine by the CIC Ltd. during their stay in Hong Kong, importer is required to submit a “Certificate of Non-manipulation” issued by the CIC Ltd.
    2. For containerized cargo which is unsealed not owing to the inspection and quarantine conducted by the CIC Ltd. and bulk cargo requiring no inspection and quarantine during their transhipment stay in Hong Kong, importer is required to submit a “Certificate of Non-manipulation” issued by C&ED.
    3. For containerized cargo remained intact during their transhipment stay in Hong Kong, importer is required to submit a “Certificate of Non-manipulation” issued by either C&ED or CIC Ltd..
  3. When submission of " Certificate of Non-manipulation "2 to China Customs is required, importers are required to specify “Certificate of Non-manipulation” and the Certificate Number when making import declaration to the China Customs.
  4. 1China Customs may request to present the Certificate of Non-manipulation even though cargoes are covered by single through bill of lading issued by trusted agents.
    2China Customs no longer demands (unless otherwise requires) traders to produce an original copy of “Certificate of Non-manipulation” to apply for preferential tariff when the electronic information from such Certificate tallies with those in the import declaration.

[Remarks: For goods requiring inspection and quarantine, please contact CIC Ltd. for details.]

For related announcement of the China Customs, please refer to the following website :
http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab49661/info820005.htm
http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab49661/info855667.htm

Transhipment Cargo via Hong Kong to the Mainland