May 31, 2018
The General Administration of China Customs (GACC) has issued Announcement No.56 (2017) which mandates additional data elements on imports into China and is effective June 1, 2018.
The additional data elements are required to be placed on the MAWB/HAWB/OBL and manifest. GACC states this will help strengthen the customs’ management of the inbound and outbound transport process and help to standardize the data declaration and transmission of data that ensures data integrity and accuracy.
The goal of this notice is to clarify and advise what the additional data elements are and to communicate how it relates to Inbound and Outbound Transportation by Air and Sea.
The additional data elements required are:
• Shipper’s full name and phone number
• Shipper’s EIN/TAX I.D. number
• Consignor Contact Number
• Consignor Specific Contact Name
• Consignor Enterprise/Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code
• Consignee Contact Number
• Consignee Specific Contact Name
• Consignee Enterprise/Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code
• Notify Contact Number (if consignee is TO ORDER)
• Notify Specific Contact Name (if consignee is TO ORDER)
• Notify Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code (if consignee is TO ORDER)
• Complete and accurate brief description of goods
Examples of Enterprise/Registration Codes:
• China – USCI (Unified Social Credit Identifier), OC (Organization Code)
• USCI example- 18- digits (USCI123456789123456789)
• UK – Company Number, VAT Number
• USA – CIK (Central Index Key), EIN (Employer Identification Number)
• Other countries must check to determine what is considered an Enterprise/Registration number for the country where they reside.
The above elements must be shown on MAWB/HAWB/OBL and Manifest, as Crane Worldwide Logistics® LLC will have to submit such information as manifested to the carrier/shipping lines in order to be compliant. Manifest submissions must be 24 hours prior to vessel loading or aircraft uplift.
Adherence to this regulation will ensure timely processing and delivery of the goods. Deviation might result in rejection of cargo by Chinese Customs, customs clearance delays, or even return of cargo back to the origin.
Thank you in advance for your attention to these matters and please do not hesitate to call or email the Crane Worldwide Logistics® Client Support Center by contacting us at ChinaTradeCompliance@craneww.com
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