Innovative policies and special measures for inspection, quarantine and custom clearance

1.To improve the custom clearance efficiency in Nansha New Zone

1.1To introduce innovative supervision mode on custom clearance
Huge efforts will be made to improve the supervision mechanism on the inspection of import and export goods with focus on strengthened risk management, and explore a new supervision mode on custom clearance, with effective measures on tight supervision for high-risk goods and expedited custom clearance for low-risk goods. Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ for short) will continue to implement the direct release and green channel system and offer greater support to export enterprises in Nansha New Zone, thus enhancing the custom clearance efficiency in Nansha New Zone.

1.2Strengthened cooperation with port authorities from Hong Kong and Macao
AQSIQ will carefully review the tested experience and best practices concerning the inspection and quarantine system for foods and agricultural products ready to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao, strengthen cooperation with port authorities and other stakeholders from Hong Kong and Macao, with special focus on the introduction of RFID and other advanced technologies in the custom clearance process. The purpose is to improve the traceability tracking platform for foods and agricultural products ready to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao, and expedite the handling of custom clearance among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.

1.3 To speed up the development of credibility system
AQSIQ will further advance the development of credibility system for foreign trade enterprises, reward and punishment system on product quality and the blacklist for non-complying enterprises. AQSIQ will provide greater support to inspection and quarantine authorities in Nansha New Zone to set up a uniformed credibility system, in an effort to create a level playing field environment and to promote the trustworthiness of foreign trade enterprises. In addition, AQSIQ will continue giving support to major export enterprises with excellent credibility record in Nansha New Zone, select more foreign trade enterprises to be awarded with top-class credibility rating, and offer expedited custom clearance and other convenience for these reputable and trustworthy foreign trade enterprises.

1.4 To provide greater support on inspection and quarantine
AQSIQ will continue to offer guidance and supervision to inspection and quarantine authorities in Nansha New Zone, with special focus on the promotion and publicity of inspection and quarantine policies. AQSIQ will promptly deal with burning issues related to inspection and quarantine procedures, so as to ensure the smooth operation of Nansha New Zone.

1.5 To deepen reform on inspection and quarantine
In line with the actual condition in Nansha New Zone, AQSIQ will actively carry out pilot reform on inspection and quarantine in Nansha, in an effort to work out an effective and efficient supervision mode on inspection and quarantine. The overall objective is to enhance the innovation capacity, service ability, and power of influence and international competiveness of Nansha New Zone, create an internationally compatible business environment and provide new impetus to further advance the development of Nansha New Zone.

2.To support Nansha New Zone in development high-quality life circle among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao

2.1 To strengthen quality and safety inspection for foods and agricultural products ready to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao
AQSIQ will fully support Nansha’s initiative in setting up a demonstration zone for export-based foods and agricultural products, continue to advance the chemical residue monitoring program, surveillance and control system for animal and plant disease, the residual monitoring program for pesticides and veterinary drugs, as well as the overall product quality and safety system. AQSIQ will encourage enterprises in Nansha New Zone to undertake HACCP, GAP, p0ollution-free product certification, green product certification, organic food certification and other food safety related certifications, so as to enhance the food safety level of foods and agricultural products to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao.

2.2 To increase the export of foods and agricultural products
AQSIQ will further promote the agricultures with distinct Nansha feature and allow more agriculture businesses in Nansha to take part in the aquaculture base program for export-based agricultural products, with special support in areas of base size, management mode and other technical support. In addition, AQSIQ will provide support for exported agricultural products from Nansha to obtain hygienic registrations from foreign countries, as well as Hong Kong and Macao SAR governments. The goal is to increase the export of foods and agricultural products from Nansha New Zone, and to ensure the steady supply of foods and agricultural products to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao.

2.3 To support the leisure and coastal tourism industry
AQSIQ will fully support Nansha’s new drive to develop the leisure and coastal tourism industry, including the set-up of cruise home port and yacht-dedicated port. AQSIQ will take active measures to facilitate the smooth navigation and parking in Nansha New Zone for yachts from Hong Kong, Macao and other foreign countries, so as to make Nansha New Zone as a world-class center for leisure and tourism industry.

3.To support Nansha New Zone in developing modern industrial system

3.1 To promote the development of international convention and exhibition industry
AQSIQ has issued a detailed policy to facilitate the development of international convention and exhibition industry in Guangdong (Reference no. 2012, 3), with focus on simplified inspection and quarantine approval and filing system for inbound and outbound exhibits. The AQSIQ will take innovative measures to strengthen supervision for the international convention and exhibition industry, allowing the flawless whole process supervision covering exhibits declaration, sampling inspection at designated warehouse and on-site supervision at the exhibition venues. In particular, AQSIQ will provide greater support to Nansha to develop local brands in the areas of high-end consumer goods, advanced equipment, yacht and marine industry.

3.2 To support the development of international trading platforms for bulk commodity

The AQSIQ will fully support the development of international factor markets in Nansha New Zone, and provide policy and technical support in the establishment of international trading platforms for petrochemical products, cereal products and other bulk commodities.

3.3 To facilitate the development of advanced manufacturing
The AQSIQ will speed up the set-up of national key laboratories of mechanized equipment, semiconductor optoelectronic products and energy efficiency testing for energy-using products, and offer greater support to Nansha New Zone to become one of China’s industrial bases for complete technology and equipment, automobile manufacturing bases, modern marine engineering equipment manufacturing bases and new generation IT&T industrial bases. Many effective measures will be in place for the inspection and quarantine process, involving the key assemblies for major equipment, parts, instrument and equipment. And full course follow-up service will also be available covering the procurement of goods, custom clearance and installation and debugging within factories.

3.4 To improve the service platforms for inspection and quarantine technologies

By increasing investment on technology development, the AQSIQ will keep improving the service platforms for inspection and quarantine technologies, with special focus on the improvement of standard information, quality evaluation, technical training, technical support and other inspection related service, so as to provide sufficient enough technical support for Nansha New Zone in its drive to promote industrial upgrading and independent innovation.

4.To support the development of international logistics hub in Nansha New Zone

4.1 To support the further opening of Nansha New Zone
The AQSIQ will fully support the major construction projects and their further opening to the outside world, including the phase three of container wharf in Nansha port, Nansha grain and general wharf, and CSSC Longxue shipbuilding base. In addition, the AQSIQ will support to enlarge the size of current vehicle import port to the entire Nansha Port, improve the inspection and quarantine working mode and encourage Nansha port to conduct procuring domestic goods for export.

4.2 To promote information sharing
The AQSIQ will strengthen communication and cooperation with transportation authorities with focus on information sharing and much improved convenience for foreign trade and logistics. Nansha New Zone will further advance the development of e-port, allowing all relevant governing units to access the content within the Clearance Sheet of Exit Cargo. Inspection and quarantine units in Nansha New Zone will be encouraged to engage in the e-port construction, so as to promote information sharing and enhance the informatization level for custom clearance service in ports within Nansha New Zone.

4.3 To allow special supervision areas to play their active roles

The AQSIQ will continue to optimize the inspection and quarantine management within Nansha bonded port area, thus improving the bonded logistics service performance. The AQSIQ will help further improve the modern bonded logistics system; in particular, the AQSIQ will provide favorable inspection and quarantine policies to support Nansha New Zone to carry out bonded warehousing, international transit, distribution, procurement, exhibition, leasing, maintenance and other bonded logistics related businesses. AQSIQ will support Nansha New Zone to set up a duty-free shopping area, enhancing the level for international commercial service.

5.To strengthen regional cooperation and coordination

5.1 To strengthen inspection and quarantine cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao
By fully utilizing the cooperation platform of Health, Animal and Plant Quarantine and Food Safety Control Meeting among Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, the AQSIQ will strengthen cooperation with relevant governing authorities from Hong Kong and Macao, in areas of direct communication and technical cooperation. By steadily advancing the Framework Agreement on Guangdong-Hong Kong Cooperation, Framework Agreement on Guangdong-Macao Cooperation, the Pearl River Delta Development Plan as well as the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, the AQSIQ will spare no effort to enhance the competiveness level of the entire region.

5.2 To strengthen cooperation among different port authorities
The AQSIQ will work together with Hong Kong Health Department to implement the health inspection measures for small-type vessels travelling between Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta region, and ensure the standardized and scientific operation of health inspection for inbound and outbound vessels. The AQSIQ will also strengthen cooperation with health authorities from Hong Kong and Macao, particularly in areas of tropical infectious diseases surveillance, toxicity detection, port control and traceability research, in an effort to improve the early warning system for the outbreak of infectious diseases and the inter-regional mechanisms for joint prevention and control.

5.3 To deepen regional inspection and quarantine cooperation
The AQSIQ will further promote the inspection and quarantine cooperation within the Pearl River Delta region, so as to improve the fast and efficient coordination among different governing units in this region. The AQSIQ will also encourage Nansha Port to cooperate with Pan-PRD region in setting up dry ports in mainland of China. The pilot reform on inspection and quarantine taking place within the Nansha New Zone will be carefully reviewed, so as to promote the balanced and integrated regional development for the greater PRD region.

6.To improve the inspection and quarantine service capacity and support capacity

6.1 To improve the inspection and quarantine support capacity
The AQSIQ will provide technical support to inspection and quarantine authorities in Nansha to carry out technical standard research in related to new energy, new materials and other key technologies, expedite the research and development on rapid detection methods, engage in the revision of international standards and enhance the technical level of scientific research. The AQSIQ will also provide greater support to Nansha New Zone in the establishment of inspection and quarantine laboratories. In line with the core areas as stipulated in the PRD Development Plan and the actual development need, the AQSIQ will help set up a batch of high-class state-level laboratories, in an effort to meet the actual inspection needs for major inbound and outbound goods in Nansha New Zone.

6.2 To improve the efficiency of administrative service
The AQSIQ will further promote the standardized operation of inspection and quarantine administrative service windows in Nansha New Zone, with passing rate reaching 100%, and major service windows should become the state-level demonstration windows. A 24-hour appointment system and a “5+2” mode will be introduced in Nansha New Zone. Nansha New Zone will be authorized to deal with exemption of mandatory product certification certificate and on-site health review for exported goods health record, as well as conditional handling of some administrative items, including the filing of the import of used mechanical and electronic products, inspection before shipment for the import of large complete sets of equipment, examination and approval for special biomedical materials and mandatory product certification certificate.

6.3 To strengthen the institutional development of inspection and quarantine organizations

The AQSIQ will fully support inspection and quarantine units in Nansha New Zone to enhance their service guarantee capacity, and provide favorable policies in areas of infrastructure development, law enforcement equipment and budgetary resources. The AQSIQ will work together with local government to communicate with governing authorities in the State Council, in setting up more inspection and quarantine units in Nansha with much enlarged workforce size. The AQSIQ will fully support the set-up of international travel health care center in Nansha, offering convenience for entry-exit personnel to undertake infectious disease surveillance, vaccination and health consultation service for international travelers.

1.To support the custom clearance efficiency in Nansha Port
Efforts will be made to improve the port supervision mode, and eligible processing enterprises of imported waste paper will be allowed to minimize the open-case inspection at the import port. And an inspection of cargo-worthiness mode featuring collective inspection and releasing in batch will be applied to the containers of perishable foods for export. In addition, a simplified collective inspection mode will be used on the export of aquatic animals. Once these aquatic animals are deemed meeting the inspection and quarantine requirement at the Nansha port, they can be released directly.

The application threshold for a green-channel enterprise will be lowered from the original 5 million USD to 1 million USD in terms of annual export value, thus allowing more enterprises within Nansha New Zone to access inspection exemption of exported cargo and other custom clearance convenience.

Efforts will be made to optimize the export classification management system, with focus on the development of evaluation system for export-oriented industrial products enterprises, so as to improve the efficiency of inspection and quarantine.

Differentiated supervisory measures will be in place for export enterprises applying for expedited custom clearance in line of their rating of credibility, and high-integrity enterprises will be free from an open-case inspection. In addition, Guangdong will offer greater support to large-scale key enterprises and cultivate more enterprises with excellent credibility rating. Plus, each enterprise with excellent credibility rating will access custom clearance convenience that suits their actual needs, in terms of customs declaration, inspection and custom release.

A pilot program on custom clearance for inbound and outbound goods will be introduced in Nansha New Zone, with focus on expedited custom clearance and integrated administrative service.

2.To support Nansha New Zone in developing high-quality life circle among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao

Guangdong will supervise the effective implementation of Import and Export Food Safety Law, the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation of Hong Kong and other food safety related laws and regulations, explore innovative food safety supervision mechanism for the imported foods. In addition, some food safety pilot programs, including imported food enterprise food safety personnel management system, food safety active reporting management system for imported food enterprises and the storage management system for imported foods at designated place or authorized locations, will be carried out in Nansha New Zone.

Guangdong will help Nansha New Zone in setting up the quality and safety demonstration zone for the export-oriented aquatic animals, establish the animal and plant quarantine and pest monitoring system in Nansha New Zone, strengthen risk management and ensure the food safety for agricultural products to be exported into Hong Kong and Macao.

By emphasizing the active role of certification system in the improvement of food safety level, Guangdong will encourage enterprises in Nansha New Zone to undertake HACCP, GAP, green product certification, organic food certification and other food safety related certifications, so as to enhance the food safety level of foods and agricultural products to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao.

Guangdong will support enterprises within Nansha New Zone to apply for the inspection and quarantine registration of outbound aquatic animals, seedlings and fruits, help enterprises file a record of setting up production base for export foods, and recommend reputable enterprises to register themselves in foreign countries. The goal is to increase the export of foods and agricultural products from Nansha New Zone, and to ensure the steady supply of foods and agricultural products to be exported to Hong Kong and Macao.

Guangdong will provide adequate technical support to export enterprises within Nansha New Zone, in areas of site selection, factory layout, workflow design and manpower training, and help enterprises establish a sound safety and sanitation management system and keep improving their quality control system.

Guangdong will take telegraphic quarantine and other innovative measures on the declaration of the import and export of yachts, facilitating the smooth navigation and parking in Nansha New Zone for yachts from Hong Kong and Macao. Guangdong will support the establishment of an international cruise home-port in Nansha New Zone, and take innovative measures to facilitate the smooth custom clearance for the entry and exit of vessel.

3.To support Nansha New Zone in accelerating the development of modern industrial system

Guangdong will facilitate the development of international convention and exhibition industry in Nansha New Zone, with focus on simplified inspection and quarantine approval and filing system for inbound and outbound exhibits, typically for exhibits involving mandatory product certification. The record filing can be exempted for battery, paint and other exhibits requiring record filing for imports, upon the presentation of Exhibition Participation Letter and letter of guarantee for original import goods to be transported out of China; Labeling in Chinese and sampling inspection will be exempted for prepackaged food, cosmetics and other exhibits that are allowed to be imported to China. Guangdong will provide convenient custom clearance, allowing the flawless whole process supervision covering exhibits declaration, sampling inspection at designated warehouse and on-site supervision at the exhibition venues.

Guangdong will support Nansha New Zone in increasing its grain import, help local enterprises apply for quarantine license of imported grain, streamline the inventory management process for imported grain, and supervise enterprises to carry out pest treatment for imported grain. In addition, Guangdong will tighten its risk management system, with focus on the introduction of classification management on the import of dangerous chemicals. Guangdong will also provide policy and technical support in the establishment of international trading platforms for petrochemical products, cereal products and other bulk commodities.

Guangdong will keep improving the inspection and quarantine service platform, and link this platform with the e-trading market for bulk commodities in Nansha New Zone, which will help provide accurate information service for both government and concerned enterprises in related to technical barriers to trade in foreign countries and quality data for bulk commodities, and help enhance the overall service level of international trading platform for bulk commodities in Nansha New Zone.

Many effective measures will be in place for the inspection and quarantine process, involving the key assemblies for major equipment, parts, instrument and equipment. And full course follow-up service will also be available covering the procurement of goods, custom clearance and installation and debugging within factories. Guangdong will speed up the set-up of national key laboratories of mechanized equipment, semiconductor optoelectronic products and energy efficiency testing for energy-using products as well, thus enhancing the technical support capacity for the advanced manufacturing industry in Nansha New Zone.

By increasing investment on technology development, Guangdong will improve the equipment strength of inspection and quarantine laboratory in Nansha New Zone; optimize the service platform for standard and technical regulation and offer training and information for enterprises within Nansha New Zone in related to technical barriers to trade. Eligible enterprises will be selected to serve as TBT workstation, directly engaging in the review of foreign TBT, trade attention and other activities involving rights protection in a foreign country.

Guangdong will steadily implement the decision made by Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in supporting the setting up an industrial park in Guangzhou High-tech Zone to carry out the pilot reform on inspection and quarantine supervision of biological materials. With the support from the AQSIQ, Guangdong plans to enlarge the size of this industrial park, offer greater custom clearance convenience to key biomedicine enterprises in Nansha New Zone, and promote the healthy development of biomedicine industry in Nansha New Zone.

4. To support the development of international logistics hub in Nansha New Zone

Guangdong will continue to provide technical support to enterprises in their dealing with custom clearance process, support the major construction projects and their further opening to the outside world, including the designated port for the import of grain and the designated wharf for the import of agricultural products from Hong Kong and Macao. In addition, Guangdong will support Nansha New Zone in increasing its import of fruits, and accelerate the early opening of major construction projects, such as the Nansha grain and general wharf, CSSC Longxue shipbuilding base and Shazai Island auto dock.

Guangdong will support Nansha port to carry out open-market purchase and export business, and help strengthen the supervision mechanism of Nansha port for such activities. In addition, more efforts will be made to improve the inspection and quarantine facilities in the Nansha port, so as to facilitate the healthy development of open-market purchase and export business.

Guangdong will strengthen communication and cooperation with transportation authorities with focus on information sharing and much improved convenience for foreign trade and logistics. Nansha New Zone will further advance the development of e-port, allowing all relevant governing units to access the content within the Clearance Sheet of Exit Cargo. Inspection and quarantine units in Nansha New Zone will be encouraged to engage in the e-port construction, so as to promote information sharing and enhance the informatization level for custom clearance service in ports within Nansha New Zone.

Guangdong will help Nansha New Zone strengthen cooperation with Guangzhou e-port, allowing the information sharing of inspection and quarantine instruction, custom release, and container shifting and release status. In addition, more efforts will be made to improve the video surveillance system, so as to enhance the informatization level of custom clearance within Nansha port.

Huge efforts will be made to improve the supervision mechanism on the inspection of import and export goods with focus on strengthened risk management, and explore a new supervision mode on custom clearance, with effective measures on tight supervision for high-risk goods and expedited custom clearance for low-risk goods. The import of self-used machine, equipment, office supplies made by enterprises within the bonded port area and the import of raw materials and parts made by exported-oriented processing trade enterprises will be exempted from compulsory certificate.

Guangdong will continue to optimize the inspection and quarantine management within Nansha bonded port area, with focus on the development of water-and water, land-and-water and water-and-rail coordinated transport and other international cargo distribution business. Guangdong will support Nansha New Zone to carry out bonded warehousing, international transit, distribution, procurement, exhibition, leasing, maintenance and other bonded logistics related businesses, thus making Nansha New Zone a world-class international shipping center.

Guangdong will intensify its research on inspection and quarantine policies, give full play of the active roles of inspection and quarantine, and steadily advance the major reform measures being taken in the Nansha New Zone. In particular, Guangdong will support the set-up of duty-free shopping zone and the free trade pilot zone in Nansha New Zone, so as to enhance the openness level of Nansha.

5.To strengthen regional cooperation and coordination
By fully utilizing the active role of Nansha New Zone in promoting closer cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, Guangdong will strengthen cooperation with relevant governing authorities from Hong Kong and Macao, in areas of direct communication and technical cooperation. By steadily advancing the Framework Agreement on Guangdong-Hong Kong Cooperation, Framework Agreement on Guangdong-Macao Cooperation and the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, Guangdong will deepen cooperation with inspection and quarantine authorities from these two SARs and further promote closer cooperation among these three regions.
Guangdong will improve the joint prevention and control mechanism on public health emergency in Nansha port, increase communication and coordination with local health authorities on epidemic situation update, case transfer, vector control and food poisoning. Guangdong will also strengthen cooperation with health authorities from Hong Kong and Macao, particularly in areas of tropical infectious diseases surveillance, in an effort to improve the early warning system for the outbreak of infectious diseases and the inter-regional mechanisms for joint prevention and control.

Guangdong will further promote the inspection and quarantine cooperation within the Pearl River Delta region, so as to improve the fast and efficient coordination among different governing units in this region. Guangdong will also encourage Nansha Port to cooperate with Pan-PRD region in setting up dry ports in mainland of China. The pilot reform on inspection and quarantine taking place within the Nansha New Zone will be carefully reviewed, so as to promote the balanced and integrated regional development for the greater PRD region.

6.To improve the inspection and quarantine service capacity and support capacity
Guangdong will provide technical support to inspection and quarantine authorities in Nansha to carry out inspection and quarantine national standard, professional standards, Guangdong provincial-level standard and technical standard research in related to new energy, new materials and other key technologies. And top priority will be given to such research projects in Nansha to access funding support.

Guangdong will also provide greater support to Nansha New Zone in the establishment of inspection and quarantine laboratories, and seek assistance from local government in setting up inspection and quarantine service platform in Nansha New Zone, so as to provide technical and information support for the sound development of Nansha New Zone.

Guangdong will further promote the standardized operation of inspection and quarantine administrative service windows in Nansha New Zone, with passing rate reaching 100% by the end of 2013, and service window in Longxue Island should become the state-level demonstration windows. Guangdong will also support inspection and quarantine units in Nansha to enhance their service level, thus creating an internationally-compatible, rule-of-law business environment.

A 24-hour appointment system and a “5+2” mode will be introduced in Nansha New Zone. Nansha New Zone will be authorized to deal with exemption of mandatory product certification certificate and on-site health review for exported goods health record, as well as conditional handling of some administrative items, including the filing of the import of used mechanical and electronic products, inspection before shipment for the import of large complete sets of equipment, examination and approval for special biomedical materials and mandatory product certification certificate.

Guangdong will fully support inspection and quarantine units in Nansha New Zone to enhance their service guarantee capacity, and provide favorable policies in areas of infrastructure development, law enforcement equipment and budgetary resources. Guangdong will work together with local government to communicate with governing authorities in the State Council, in setting up more inspection and quarantine units in Nansha with much enlarged workforce size. Guangdong will fully support the set-up of international travel health care center in Nansha, offering convenience for entry-exit personnel to undertake infectious disease surveillance, vaccination and health consultation service for international travelers.

7 innovative inspection and quarantine measures introduced by the AQSIQ to further advance the development of Free Trade Zone

1.Paperless inspection and quarantine clearance
2.Line regulation mechanism for inspection and quarantine
3.Pre-inspection for inbound goods
4.Acceptance of testing results made by a third-party inspection and authentication institution
5.Global service industry supervision
6.Negative inventory management for examination and approval of quarantine inspection for animals and plants and their products
7.Risk management for the entry and exit of biological materials (products)
8.Certificate of Origin for transit goods

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