The 128th Canton Fair will be held online from October 15-24

On September 10, Gao Feng, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, announced that the 128th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair for short) will be held online from October 15 to 24 for 10 days.

Allow foreigners with three types of valid residence permits to enter China

Buyers finally have a chance to come to China.

From 0:00 on March 28, 2020, my country will temporarily stop foreigners from entering China with currently valid visas and residence permits. The entry of foreigners with APEC business travel cards is suspended. Policies such as port visa, 24/72/144-hour transit visa exemption, Hainan visa exemption, Shanghai cruise visa exemption, 144-hour visa exemption for foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao regions to enter Guangdong in groups, and Guangxi visa exemption for ASEAN tourist groups are suspended. Entry with diplomatic, official, courteous, and C visas will not be affected. Foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic, trade, scientific and technological activities, as well as emergency humanitarian needs, can apply for visas from Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Entry of foreigners with visas issued after the announcement will not be affected.

On September 23, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration jointly issued some adjustment measures of the “Announcement on Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreigners Holding Valid Chinese Visas and Residence Permits”. Starting at 0:00 on September 28, 2020, valid Chinese Foreigners who enter residence permits for work, private affairs and group groups do not need to reapply for visas. If the above-mentioned three types of residence permits held by foreigners expire after 0:00 on March 28, 2020, the holders can apply to the Chinese diplomatic missions abroad with the expired residence permits and relevant materials provided that the reason for coming to China remains unchanged. The museum applies for the corresponding visa entry. The above-mentioned personnel must strictly abide by China’s epidemic prevention management regulations.

The General Office of the State Council issued the “Guiding Opinions on Accelerating the Promotion of “Trans-provincial Administration” of Government Affairs Services”

A few days ago, the General Office of the State Council issued the “Guiding Opinions on Accelerating the Promotion of “Trans-provincial Administration” of Government Affairs Services.”

The “Opinions” puts forward a list of 140 national high-frequency government services “cross-provincial affairs”. Before the end of 2020, the first batch of 58 items such as registration of market entities, transfer and continuation of pension insurance relations, verification of professional qualification certificates, notarization of academic qualifications, and notarization of motor vehicle driver’s licenses will be implemented across provinces. By the end of 2021, 74 high-frequency government service items such as industrial product production licenses, remote medical settlement filing, social security card application, and household registration will be basically implemented as “trans-provincial administration”. In the next step, we will speed up the realization of the “cross-provincial administration” of 8 items such as newborn household registration and social insurance participation payment records, synchronously establish a list management system and update mechanism, and gradually incorporate other services to effectively satisfy various market entities and The broad masses of people need to work in different places.

2020 commodity classification decision adjustment

In order to facilitate the correct declaration of commodity classification matters by the consignees and consignees of import and export goods, reduce disputes on commodity classification, and ensure the uniformity of customs commodity classification, in accordance with the “Administrative Regulations of the Customs of the People’s Republic of China on the Classification of Import and Export Goods (Announced by Order No. 158 of the General Administration of Customs, revised in accordance with Order No. 218 of the General Administration of Customs) The relevant provisions of the General Administration of Customs have made the decision on commodity classification (see Annex 1), which is hereby announced.

According to my country’s import and export commodities and international trade reality, some of the commodity classification opinions of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization are transformed into commodity classification decisions (see Annex 2) and announced.

Some commodity classification decisions that have become invalid due to the formulation of new classification decisions will be announced together (see Annex 3).

This announcement will be implemented from October 1, 2020. Where the laws, administrative regulations and other relevant regulations on which the decision on commodity classification is based are changed, the decision on commodity classification shall become invalid at the same time.

India BIS adds 12 new compulsory certification products

On April 1, 2020, the Bureau of Standards of India (BIS) issued a new decree to control products. On April 22, India issued a notification on technical trade measures (notification number G/TBT/N/IND/44/Add.7), and announced the fourth batch of “Electronic and Information Technology Products (Compulsory Registration Requirements) Act 2012″ product catalog , 12 new products were added, including 2 LED lighting products, 5 information products, 3 audio-visual products, and 2 home appliances. Products involved include lighting, keyboards, Bluetooth headsets, USB external hard drives, induction cookers, rice cookers Wait. At the same time, the notification also pointed out that the new catalog will be implemented 6 months after the release date, that is, effective from October 1, 2020.

At present, India has issued 4 batches of product catalogs under the “Electronic and Information Technology Products (Compulsory Registration Requirements) Act 2012″, including 56 information, home appliances, audio-visual, and lighting products into mandatory registration requirements. For these products, the law requires that the corresponding standard testing and registration must be carried out in a laboratory accredited by India BIS, and the BIS logo must be affixed on the body or outer packaging.

China and Indonesia’s origin electronic networking

On September 2, the General Administration of Customs issued No. 100 of 2020 (Announcement on matters related to the electronic networking of the origin of China and Indonesia):

In order to further facilitate the compliant customs clearance of goods under the free trade agreement, from October 15, 2020, the “China-Indonesia Origin Electronic Information Exchange System” was officially launched, and the “China-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement” was transmitted with Indonesia in real time “(Hereinafter referred to as “China-ASEAN Framework Agreement”) the electronic data of the certificate of origin and the flow certificate.

In terms of export declaration:

The consignor of export goods or his agent (hereinafter referred to as the “exporter”) shall fill in the “Customs Declaration Form for Exported Goods of the People’s Republic of China” or “Exit Goods of the People’s Republic of China Customs” Information about the origin of the Goods Filing List.

When the system prompts that there is no electronic information on the certificate of origin or the flow certificate, or when the goods are exported, the exporter fails to fill in the information on the origin of the exported goods in accordance with the requirements of Announcement 51, or the goods are exported due to changes in the certificate of origin information. If it is necessary to modify the export declaration form, the exporter shall apply to the customs to go through the formalities for the modification of the declaration form to supplement the origin information.

Argentina foreign exchange control

After experiencing a sharp drop in the peso in August, the Argentine government authorized foreign exchange controls on September 1, local time. In order to control the continuous loss of the U.S. dollar and foreign exchange reserves, on the afternoon of September 15, the head of the Argentine Central Bank announced the following new restrictions at a press conference:
1. A 35% withholding income tax is levied on the purchase of US dollars. The measure is aimed at taxation on U.S. dollar savings and foreign currency settlement payments, and will take effect on Wednesday, September 16. This means that those who buy U.S. dollars for savings must pay 30% of the national solidarity tax and must also pay 35% withholding income tax.

2. U.S. dollar account opening will be controlled. Non-Argentine residents will be restricted to sell securities in foreign currencies or purchase Argentine securities abroad. If you are receiving government social assistance payments (before and after the epidemic), you cannot open a US dollar account. There are no restrictions on using credit cards for shopping, but these payments must be paid through a savings account in USD.

3. The company must restructure its debts. At the company level, the Argentine central bank will require companies with monthly maturities of more than $1 million to propose a restructuring plan for the debt. Companies must first obtain the approval of the Central Bank of Argentina to purchase foreign exchange. Remittances abroad require government permission. Individuals cannot purchase more than US$10,000 per month, but there is no such restriction if they withdraw from their accounts.

Foreign traders who cooperate with Argentine importers must pay attention to the security of the payment!

UK VAT exemption policy for personal protective medical equipment expires at the end of October

In order to prevent the spread of the epidemic, the British government previously announced that from May 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020, the import tariff and value-added tax on personal protective medical equipment (PPE) will be cancelled. The UK Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) announced on July 3 that it would extend the value-added tax exemption measures until the end of October.

Foreign traders who export anti-epidemic materials to the UK should pay attention to the validity period of this policy!

Only CE certified masks will be sold in Spain from October

On April 23, due to the shortage of medical protective equipment in Spain at the time, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism “temporarily authorized” KN95 masks, including China and the United States, to be sold in Spain without EU registration. Now its allowable sale time expires. According to reports, some companies are already discounting sharply to liquidate their inventories to avoid returning products to their country of origin. Currently, the masks that are allowed to be sold on the market without CE certification in Spain are: the United States (NIOSH-42CFR84), China (GB2626-2006), Australia (AS/NZ 1716: 2012), South Korea (KMOEL-2017-64) and Japan (JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018).

The above time does not affect the continued use of KN95 masks that have been purchased.

Russia enforces electronic labeling of cameras and perfume products

In April 2018, Russia passed Government Decree No. 791, stipulating the general principle of compulsory pasting of electronic regulatory labels on commodities from 2019, and at the same time instructing the implementation of the electronic label project. In the same month, Russia issued Government Order No. 792 to determine the list and schedule of mandatory labeling products.

At present, Russia has unified the mandatory electronic labels for fur products, tobacco, footwear and medicines. From October 1, 2020, cameras and perfume products will be labeled, and from November 1, 2020, tire products will be labeled. Labeling, from the beginning of 2021, the mandatory electronic labeling system will be extended to light industrial products and dairy products.

In terms of compulsory electronic labeling of dairy products, milk, cream, ice cream, etc., with a shelf life of more than 28 days, will be mandatory labeling from January 20, 2021; milk, cream, condensed milk, whey, butter, and cream with a shelf life of less than 28 days Cheese, milk residue, milk-containing beverages, etc., will be mandatory labeling from July 1, 2021; yogurt, fermented dairy products, etc., will be mandatory labeling from October 1, 2021; farmers who retail self-produced dairy products can postpone until October 1, 2022.

Oman will levy a 50% sweetened beverage tax from October 1st

The Omani government will levy a 50% consumption tax on sweetened beverage products from October 1, 2020, and the retail price of such products is expected to rise accordingly.

Earlier, the Oman Tax Administration issued a list of taxable products, including fruit juices, juice-flavored beverages, energy sports drinks, canned coffee and tea products, etc. If there are added sugar, sweeteners or any form of sugar, the government will start from 2020 A 50% sugar consumption tax will be levied on October 1. Canned juices, caffeine beverages, concentrates, gels, powders, extracts or any products that can be converted into sugary sweetened beverages are also taxed. The list does not include 100% natural fruit juice, vegetable juice, milk and other dairy products, nutritional supplements, and beverages for special diets and medical purposes.

Oman has begun to levy taxes on the following five categories of products on June 15, 2019: carbonated drinks, energy drinks, tobacco products, pork and alcohol.

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