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In order to optimize the trade structure and promote high-quality economic development, according to the relevant provisions of the “Import and Export Tariff Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, starting from January 1, 2020, Import tariffs on some commodities will be adjusted and decreased.

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Adjust import tariff rates

  • MFN tax rates.
  • 1. From January 1, 2020, tentative import tax rates will be implemented for 859 commodities (excluding goods with tariff quotas); from July 1, 2020, seven temporary import tax rates for information technology products will be cancelled.
    (See Attachment 1)

    2.The fifth-step tax reduction for the information technology products listed in the Schedule to the Amendment to the Tariff Concession Table of the People’s Republic of China Joining the World Trade Organization will be implemented from July 1, 2020.
    (See Attachment 2)

  • Tariff quota rates.
  • Continued implementation of tariff quota management on 8 categories of commodities such as wheat, with the tax rate unchanged. Among them, the quota tax rate of three types of fertilizers, urea, compound fertilizer, and ammonium hydrogen phosphate, continues to implement the tentative tax rate of 1%.
    Continue to impose a sliding duty on a certain amount of cotton with additional imports.
    (See Attachment 3)

  • Agreement rates and preferential tax rates.
  • 1.According to the trade agreements or tariff preference arrangements signed by China with relevant countries or regions, in addition to the agreement tax rates that have been approved by the State Council, from January 1, 2020, China and New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Iceland , Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Chile, Georgia, Pakistan, bilateral trade agreements and Asia-Pacific trade agreements have further reduced tax rates.

    From July 1, 2020, the tax rate of relevant agreements will be further reduced in accordance with the provisions of China’s bilateral trade agreement with Switzerland and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement.
    (See Attachment 5)

    When the MFN tax rate is lower than or equal to the agreed tax rate, if it is stipulated in the agreement, it shall be implemented in accordance with the relevant agreement; if there is no stipulation in the agreement, the two shall apply from the lowest.

    2. Except for Equatorial Guinea, preferential tax rates will continue to be implemented for other least developed countries that have established diplomatic relations with us and completed exchange procedures. Since January 1, 2020, Equatorial Guinea has ceased to enjoy zero tariff preferential treatment.

    Export tariff rates

    Starting from January 1, 2020, export duties on 107 items such as ferrochrome will continue to be levied. The export tax rate or the tentative export tax rate will be applied. The scope and tax rate of the levied commodities will remain unchanged.
    (see Attachment 4)

    Start time

    The above schemes, unless otherwise specified, will be implemented from January 1, 2020.

    Attachment list

  • 1. Tentative tax rate table for imported goods.
  • 2. Most Information Technology Product Tax Table for Some Information Technology Products.
  • 3. Tariff quota commodity tax item tax table.
  • 4. Export commodity tax rate table.
  • 5. Further reduction of tariffs on imported goods.
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