Attention! Those new foreign trade regulations that have just landed!

01 New surcharge for Herberot, Daffair

 To cope with recent market changes and ease congestion in the US-West port, two liner companies, Herboro and Dafe, have announced new surcharges on trans-Pacific routes starting in late February.

 Herborough announced, Due to the shortage of dock labor and the decline in productivity, the continued congestion at the port of Auckland, so as of 20 February. For transhipment through the port of Auckland, Charge port congestion surcharge, Fee is $250/ TEU. In addition, Herberot added, Since 15 March, On the eastbound route from East Asia to the United States and Canada, Collection of consolidated rate surcharge (GRI), This fee applies to all types of containers such as dry containers, refrigerated containers, storage tanks, open top containers, The fee is $100/$ TEU、200/$ FEU. Push in wire connectors, right angle female header and reflector tags should be noted.

 Dafe announced that due to the current shortage of refrigerated containers, from the west coast of the United States (Seattle and Tacoma) to all destinations around the world, Dafe will increase the equipment imbalance surcharge (Empty Equipment Imbalance Surcharge). A new charge plan will take effect from March 1, with a surcharge of $650 per reefer container except the reefer owner’s own container (SOC), which will be charged.

 02 Brazil Reduce Bicycle Import Tariff

 The Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade recently published a resolution in the Official Gazette, will gradually reduce the import tariffs on bicycles. Since 1 March, Tariffs will fall from 35% to 30%, From 1 July to 25 per cent, From 31 December to 20 per cent.

 The Brazilian website “UOL” reported that 20% of the tax level is specified in the Common Market of the South (Mercosul) common external tariff (TEC), but the import tariff on the product has been 35% since Brazil included bicycles in the TEC exception list in 2011.

Brazil reduced tariffs on 416 auto parts

 Official Gazette of Brazil, Official Gazette of 2 February, resolutions 150 and 151 of 1 February of the same year, The Executive Committee for the Administration of Foreign Trade (Camex) of the Ministry of Economy (Gecex), at its 178th meeting, on 29 January and 1 February, adopted 416 items of motor spare parts, And 19 product self-applicable tax reductions, The resolutions are effective 7 days after the announcement.

 The product items are detailed here:

 04 Cambodia cut some import duties on cars

 Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia issued a government order on February 16 to cut import duties on some cars from March 1, ranging from 10 to 20 percent. Private car special tax with exhaust volume not exceeding 3000 cc fell by 10 percent, and private car special tax with exhaust volume exceeding 3000 cc fell by 15 percent.

 In addition, the special tax on pure electric vehicles for household and passenger use fell by 20 per cent, from 30 per cent to 10 per cent, in order to reduce expenditure and promote environmental protection; and the special tax on goods vehicles fell by 15 per cent, from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. Special taxes on semi-trailers and large trucks weighing more than 5 metric tons fell from 40 per cent to 30 per cent; trucks, cranes and special vehicles fell by 10 per cent, from 40 per cent to 30 per cent.

 According to the Cambodian Ministry of Finance and Economics, the adjustment of some special tax rates on cars is aimed at reducing vehicle taxes and logistics costs and promoting environmental protection.

05 India’s total tariff adjustment

 On february 1st india’s finance minister, sitaraman, presented the budget for fiscal year 2021/2022 to parliament. For this budget, import tariff adjustments focus on electronics and mobile products, steel, chemicals, auto parts, renewable energy, textiles, MSME manufactured products and agricultural products that encourage local production. tariffs on certain car parts, mobile phone parts and solar panels have been raised to drive domestic manufacturing.

 For a list of products that reduce and raise import tariffs, see our previous arrangement: India New year’s comprehensive tariff adjustment, more than 30 products import duties increased by 5-100.

Anti-dumping duty on aniline imposed by India

 19 February 2021, India’s Treasury Department of Taxation issued a statement saying, Accepting the final anti-dumping judgment of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 20 January 2021 against aniline (Aniline) originating in or imported from China, Decides to impose an anti-dumping duty on the products involved as of the date of publication of this notice in the Official Gazette, the tax amount is $36.90/mt -$121.79/mt. Effective 29 July 2020, The validity period is 5 years. The Indian customs code for the product involved is 292141.

 07 India Temporary Elimination of Anti-dumping Measures on Aluminum-Zinc Alloy Flat Rolling Steel Products

 From February 2, 2021 to September 30, 2021, the Taxation Bureau of the Ministry of Finance of India has suspended anti-dumping duties on aluminum-zinc alloy flat rolled steel products originating in or imported from China, South Korea and Vietnam.

Indonesia Exemption from Auto Luxury Tax

 Indonesia’s government will be exempt from car luxury tax (PPnBM) from March 1 for three months to the end of May, a plan designed to boost the sluggish auto industry. Exemption from luxury car taxes will bring Indonesia’s annual output back to 1 million.

 Last year, the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia, Indonesia’s car production plummeted 46 percent, Only 690,000; The auto industry is vital to Indonesia’s industrial development, Involving many related industries, With an annual output of Rup .700 trillion (about $5 billion), 91.6% of cars running on Indonesian streets are domestic cars, The self-made rate of the whole vehicle has reached 60-70. For cars below 1500 cc, this kind of car is most favored by the Indonesian middle class. It accounts for 70% of the country’s auto sales.

09 Time Frame for submission of certificates of origin for imported goods EVFTA Viet Nam

 Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance officially issued Proclamation No .07/2021/ TT-BTC on January 25, 2021, setting a time limit for the submission of certificates of origin for imported goods applicable to the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), according to the Vietnam Business Daily.

 Imports enjoying tariff preferences under the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) are subject to the following time requirements:

 1. Customs declaration must submit the certificate of origin at the same time.

 2. if the customs declaration can not obtain a certificate of origin at the time of customs formalities, the customs declaration must make up the certificate of origin in the declaration form and submit the certificate of origin within 2 years from the date of registration of the declaration form (applicable if the certificate of origin is still valid).

 3. If the customs declarant is unable to submit the certificate of origin on time for irresistible reasons and reasonable reasons beyond the control of other importers, the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam-General Customs will decide and decide whether the goods can enjoy EVFTA tariff preferences.

 The General Administration of Customs of Vietnam has decided and decided whether the imported goods can enjoy the EVFTA tariff preferential terms and conditions will be handled in accordance with the announcement No .38/2018/ TT-BTC of the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam on April 20,2018 and the announcement No .62/2020/ TT-BTC of September 5,2020. Announcement No .07/2021/ TT-BTC will take effect on March 11, 2021.

 Foreign trade people with factories in Vietnam please prepare in advance.

10 Eurasian Economic Union Anti-dumping Duty on Spring Flakes of Motor Vehicles in China

 On 19 February, the Internal Market Protection Division of the Eurasian Economic Commission issued Proclamation No .2021/254/ AD29 in the Official Gazette, imposing a five-year anti-dumping duty on imports of motor spring flakes (листовыхрессор)) originating in China at a rate of 14.11 per cent. The announcement shall take effect 30 natural days from the date of promulgation. The tax numbers of the products involved are 73201100, 7320101900 and 7320109000.

 The member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union include Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.

11 Entry into force of the Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific

The Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (hereinafter referred to as the Agreement), initiated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (hereinafter referred to as ESCAP), entered into force on 21 February.

The Agreement was the first multilateral agreement in the field of cross-border paperless trade under the United Nations framework. The Agreement covers national trade facilitation policy frameworks and an enabling domestic legal environment, facilitation of cross-border paperless trade and development of a single window system, cross-border mutual recognition of trade data and documents in electronic form, international standards for the exchange of trade data and documents in electronic form, and related action plans, capacity-building, pilot projects and exchange of experiences. The Agreement will promote the exchange and mutual recognition of trade data and documents in electronic form in the region, promote compatibility between national and subregional single windows and other paperless trade systems, and create a sound legal regulatory environment for cross-border paperless trade, thereby enhancing the efficiency and transparency of international trade.

The Agreement entered into force for five founding parties that had completed their domestic approvals, namely, China, Azerbaijan, the Philippines, Iran and Bangladesh, Armenia and Cambodia, which had signed the Agreement and were in the process of implementing domestic approval procedures, while a number of States were actively seeking accession to the Agreement.

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12 China-Serbia Customs AEO Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on Mutual Recognition of the Enterprise Credit Management System of the General Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China and the “Certified Operator” System of the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia was signed a few days ago. According to the mutual recognition agreement, the facilitation measures provided by the Chinese and Serbian customs to the AEO enterprises of the other party include: the application of a lower document audit rate; the application of a lower inspection rate for imported goods; priority inspection of goods requiring physical inspection; the designation of customs liaison officers to communicate and resolve problems encountered by project members in customs clearance; and priority clearance after the interruption and resumption of international trade.

As of now, China Customs has achieved AEO mutual recognition with 43 countries and regions in 17 economies, such as Singapore, South Korea and the European Union, and the number of mutual recognition countries and regions has remained the first in the world. China’s exports to these countries and regions account for nearly 40% of total exports.


13 Entry into force of the Central European Geographical Indications Agreement

14 September 2020, CEIBS leaders declare the official signing of the CEIBS Agreement on Geographical Indications, The Agreement entered into force on 1 March 2021. The agreement consists of fourteen articles and seven appendices, Mainly stipulated the geographical indication protection rule and the geographical indication mutual recognition list and so on content. The agreement incorporates a total of 550 geographical indications (275 each), involving alcohol, tea, agricultural products, food, etc. According to the agreement, Anxi Tieguanyin Tea, Wuchang rice, Sichuan kimchi and other China’s first 100 well-known geographical indications will be immediately after the entry into force of the agreement to obtain European Union protection, Effectively prevent counterfeiting and other infringement.


Implementation of the Regulations on the Administration of Sewage Permits

On January 24, 2021, the State Council promulgated the regulations on the Administration of sewage permits, which will enter into force on March 1,2021. The Regulations stipulate that the pollutant discharge unit shall discharge the sewage according to the permit, and the discharge behavior must be in accordance with the discharge permit.

According to the Regulations, an enterprise that discharges pollutants in excess of the permitted emission concentration or permitted discharge shall be subject to a fine of not more than 200,000 yuan but not more than 1 million yuan; if the circumstances are serious, it shall revoke its discharge permit and submit it to the people’s government with the right of approval and order it to suspend business or close down.

Post time: Mar-01-2021