China: Nanjing Customs procedure change

January 25, 2019

AGS Shanghai wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that Nanjing customs has decided to harmonise its procedures with those practiced at a national level.

In the past, Nanjing customs used to be more tolerant than other offices in the country, often granting exemptions when shippers possessed a work or residence permit issued for less than one year. Although these cases may still occur, they will be isolated and will be studied on a case-by-case basis.

Effective immediately, it is advisable for shippers requesting an import or export permit for personal effects, to present a work or residence permit issued for a duration of at least one full year.         

Physical Presence Required

Additionally, for shippers whose work or residency permits are issued in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai Provinces, Nanjing customs require their physical presence at the customs offices. Please click here to view the requirements for physical presence at customs.

For shippers whose work and residence permits are issued in a province other than those listed above, the respective customs will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not their physical presence is required. AGS Shanghai expects the shipper's presence to be a systematic requirement in the case of exportation.

The procedures should be adjusted in the coming weeks. In any case, please consult us prior to undertaking any shipment via Nanjing.

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