- China General Administration of Customs (GAC) released various announcements regarding tariff policy towards various dairy imports from New Zealand.
In December 2017 and January 2018, China General Administration of Customs (GAC) released four announcements on special safeguard measures regarding 4 product categories imported from New Zealand. Imports of these categories already exceeded the trigger levels set by the New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement. In response to this GAC has decided to return to import tariffs at Most Favored Nation rates.
China HS Codes
Trigger Level (tonnes)
Recorded Weight (tonnes)
Unsweetened, not concentrated milk and cream (various fat contents).
Unripe, uncured Fresh Cheese and curd including whey cheese and curd;
Sweetened Powdered or solid Milk and cream;
As for transit agriculture products, companies should now follow GAC announcement n.91 of 2008 and submit a tax application agreement and other relevant documents before declaring the imports.
China is New Zealand’s second biggest trading partner and the aforementioned food categories play an important role in defining the commercial balance between the two countries. However, due to the recent extraordinary import volumes, China decided to review and amend its New Zealand tariff policies to protect its domestic industry.