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China GAC Implements New Tariffs to Contain New Zealand Dairy Imports

  •   11 Jan 2018
  •    Giacomo Colaci Cirillo
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Takehome

  • 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

Announcement number
 

China HS Codes

Product Categories

Trigger Level (tonnes)

Recorded Weight (tonnes)

70/2017

04012000, 04014000,
04015000

Unsweetened, not concentrated milk and cream (various fat contents).
 

2118

9278.786

1/2018

04061000,
04063000,
04069000

Unripe, uncured Fresh Cheese and  curd including whey cheese and curd;
Processed cheese (not powdered or grated);
other cheese products.

 

5864

6283

2/2018

04051000,
04059000

Butter;
Other fats and oils derived from milk.
 

15312

15362

3/2018

04021000,
04022100,
04022900,
04029100

Sweetened Powdered or solid Milk and cream;
Unsweetened Powdered or solid Milk and cream;
Concentrated unsweetened milk and cream.

 

154745

155929

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.

External links

-General Administration of Customs Announcement No. 70 of 2017 (on the number of imported agricultural products from New Zealand in 2017 and the number of imported trigger levels in 2018) (Chinese)

-Notice of the General Administration of Customs No. 1 of 2018 (Notice Concerning the Implementation of Special Safeguards to Import Cheeses Originating in New Zealand by 2018) (Chinese)

-Notice of the General Administration of Customs No. 2 of 2018 (Notice Concerning the Implementation of Special Safeguards to Import Cheeses Originating in New Zealand by 2018) (Chinese)

-Notice of the General Administration of Customs No. 3 of 2018 (Notice Concerning the Implementation of Special Safeguards to Import Cheeses Originating in New Zealand by 2018) (Chinese)