With effect from 1st January 2009, China Customs will implement a new manifest regulation that requires submission of complete and correct cargo manifest electronically to China Customs 24 hours prior to loading of cargoes onto vessels out of and into Mainland China ports. This means that the regulation is applicable to all export, import and transshipment cargoes via any of the Mainland China ports.

The purpose of this regulation is to standardize Customs administration of manifest of inbound and outbound means of transportation, facilitate and safeguard international trade and also to align with global practices.

China Customs will analyze container content information before a container is loaded and thereby in advance decide on its loading/no loading status. In case of non-compliance with the regulation, China Customs may impose fines or other penalties on the carriers and other parties responsible for the submission of cargo declaration.

Please visit below links to find more detailed information about this regulation:

Regulation & Requirement Published By China Customs (Translated Version)

China Customs Official Website - Click here

China Customs Advance Manifest Regulation - Click here

China Customs Announcement No.97 - Click here

Data Element Requirement from China Customs - Click here

China Customs Announcement Order No.56 [2017] - Click here

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