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Latest policy of paperless declaration in Shanghai (in regard to “One-approval-to-one-license”)
Source of news: Bulletin board at the Shanghai declaration hall
Main content:
  1. From 1st of April, 2015, if the imported goods that are declared at Shanghai belong to the category of automatic import license, and meet the second requirement in the following, Importer or agent can import goods by using the paperless method to declare, and avoid from submitting the print out form of automatic import license. Customs will process and verify the license through its sub-system of H2010 to complete the procedure electronically.
  2. At the current stage, the paperless method is only implemented to “One-approval-to-one-license”. Furthermore, only one automatic import license is allowed for each custom bill.  Since preparation is not yet ready, Shanghai customs has no intention to apply paperless method on other licensing procedure, besides ““One-approval-to-one-license””. Crude oil and dye oil is not included in the implementation.
Summary: If the declaration is suitable for automatic import licensing, and that belong to ““One-approval-to-one-license””, plus each customs bill only correspond to one automatic import license, then the paperless declaration method is allowed.
  1. Overview of the concept of paperless customs clearance
In an overall sense, with the criteria of enterprise categorization and risk assessment kept in mind, the customs is willing to allow enterprise with good credibility, to take part in the declaration process electronically, and without any print-out document, in order to achieve an efficient review-and-release clearance management.
  1. Differences between “One-approval-to-one-license” and non “One-approval-to-one-license”
  2. means given automatic import license can only be used once within the period of validity. 
 Non-“One-approval-to-one-license” means the license is allowed for multiple uses within the period of validity, in which is classified into two types, 6-uses and 12-uses, and sign by the customs at “remark of customs release” to write down the import volume in each case of declaration.
  1. What is the difference between the paperless method in Shanghai customs and other customs POE?
At the experimental stage of paperless method across the nation, common situations as follow, where paperless declaration is not applicable:
  1. Goods that requires import or export licenses
  2. Goods that are subject for taxation, but not applicable in the electronic taxation system
  3. Goods that requires CIQ inspections
At the Shanghai customs, goods that are applicable for automatic import licensing, and meet the criterion of “One-approval-to-one-license”, are accepted for paperless declaration. By using paperless method on these qualified goods, the time required for declaration on these goods has now efficiently shorten, at-site submission of document is not required, and that the declaration process is not constrained by the office hour of the customs.
2.  Announcement in related to the integration of customs clearance
Regard to the integration and expansion of customs clearance in Guangdong, North-eastern, and the Silk Road regions.
Source of news:
11th announcement of 2015 by the customs head office:
10th announcement of 2015 by the customs head office:
9th announcement of 2015 by the customs head office:
To accelerate the reformation of customs clearance between the economically tied regions, to respect the will of enterprises about their choice in logistics solutions, and to create a more fair and harmonized atmosphere for imports and exports, the customs head office has decided to expand the scope of customs clearance integration in Guangdong, North-eastern, and the Silk Road regions.
  1. Expansion in integration of customs clearance at Guangdong region: the customs POE of Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Haikou within the province of Fujian, Guangxi, and Hainan will engage in the integration of customs clearance. This 66th announcement of 2014 by the customs head office is applicable at Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanning and Haikou customs POE.
  2. Development of integration of customs clearance at North-eastern region: the customs POE of Dalian, Changchun, Harbin, Hohhot, Manchu within the province of Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, will engage in the integration of customs clearance at North-eastern region.
  3. Development of integration of customs clearance in the Silk Road region: the customs POE of Qingdao, Jinan, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan, Xian, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Xining, Urumqi, Lhasa (together refer as customs of the Silk Road economic region) within the province of Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, Shanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Tibet, will engage in the integration of customs clearance at the Silk Road region. 
Understanding the policy:
The above measures of the 3 regions will begin at the 1st of May, 2015. Under integration of customs clearance, 3 convenient options become available for enterprise. The first is more flexibility in terms of customs clearance and customs transfer since more methods become available. The second advantage is that enterprise may now choose the location of declaration at their preference.  The third advantage is that enterprise can choose their preferred inspection site between origin of declaration and the customs POE during declaration.
         If integration can be carried out in the Pearl River delta regions during May, then the formation of 5 great regions with 31 provinces, covering the whole nation, can be completed.
         Region coherent is speculated to be achieved in July. After the successful integration between the five greater regions, it concretes the position to achieve national networking at 1st of July.
         According to the speculation from insider in the industry, the next step is to achieve national networking (data is available all over the country). From the technical perspective, the customs is already capable to operate national networking. However, since the importation of goods requires dealing with many licensing and document matters, in which relates to different government units, such as CIQ, maritime, or national defenses, it is uncertain to say when national networking will actually be implemented. Quote from an insider from customs, “There are different authority levels from department to department, the actual implementation of national networking is yet to decide by the future policy.”