On 27.12.2019, the China Ministry of Finance, General Administration for Market Regulation and 11 other ministries announced (No.96-2019) the List of Cross-border E-commerce Retail Imported Commodities (2019 edition) covering a total of 1413 types of commodities. The list added roughly 100 types of goods, and removed 8 types from the 2018 edition. According to China Customs, products on the list are exempted from submitting related import licenses. When entering the special trade zone, the commodites on the list will be checked by customs in accordance with the standard procedures for clearing commodities, but will then be exempted when leaving the special trade zone. The updated list came into effect on 01.01.2020.
On 24.12.2019, the Chinese State Council announced (No.36-2019) that the State Taxation Administration had approved the establishment of 24 pilot cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) zones – in addition to the 35 pilot CBEC zones that have previously been established – and introduced exemptions on value-added tax and consumption tax for retail and exported goods. The approved document announces the initial plan of how the trial zones will be constructed and replicated across China. More detailed information regarding tax rebates, government support, and international logistic services are expected to follow after this announcement.
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