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China Tightens Export Requirements for Medical and Non-Medical Items

Friday, May 01, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

China’s Ministry of Commerce has announced the following changes regarding exports of medical and non-medical supplies.

Non-Medical Face Masks

Effective April 26, all exports of non-medical face masks must meet the qualification standards of either China or the importing nation. When declaring such an export, the manufacturer must submit an electronic or written announcement, jointly signed by the exporter and the foreign importer, attesting that the product meets this requirement. In addition, the foreign importer must attest that they accept the qualification standard and are aware that the face masks should not be used for medical use.

MOFCOM will be responsible for confirming and updating a list of non-medical face mask manufacturers certified or registered in foreign countries. The State Administration for Market Regulation will be responsible for updating a list of manufacturers with disqualified products. China Customs will clear export shipments for manufacturers that are on the MOFCOM list or are not on the SAMR list.

Medical Supplies

Also effective April 26, exporters of COVID-19 inspection reagents, medical face masks, medical protective clothing, respirators, and infrared thermometers must submit a certification attesting that the product meets the qualification and safety standards in the importing country (area). China Customs will clear such shipments based on MOFCOM’s list.

For assistance clearing exports of medical or non-medical supplies from China, or with other China customs-related matters, please contact Harry Zhang.

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