Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.s. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market
Last Published: 7/19/2017

The Customs Clearance Handbook (2016), compiled by the General Administration of Customs (China Customs), is a comprehensive guide to China’s customs regulations. This guide contains the tariff schedule and national customs rules and regulations, and can be purchased at bookshops in China or ordered from the following online bookstore:

China Customs Press Online Bookstore
1st Floor, East Wing,
General Administration of Customs of PRC, No. 6, Jianguomen Nei Street,
Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Phone: (86 10) 6519-5616
Fax: (86 10) 6519-5127

Tariff Rates
China Customs assesses and collects tariffs. Import tariff rates are divided into six categories: general rates, most-favored-nation (MFN) rates, agreement rates, preferential rates, tariff rate quota rates, and provisional rates. As a member of the WTO, imports from the United States are assessed at the MFN rate. The five Special Economic Zones, open cities, and foreign trade zones within cities offer preferential duty reductions or exemptions. Companies doing business in these areas should consult the relevant regulations.

China may apply tariff rates significantly lower than the published MFN rate for goods that the government has identified as necessary to the development of a key industry. For example, China's Customs Administration has occasionally announced preferential tariff rates for items in the automotive, steel, and chemical sectors.

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