Managing Trade & Customs in China

Managing Trade & Customs in China

This brochure introduces some of the intricacies and complexities of import, export and customs management in China and outlines the services offered by KPMG China's Trade & Customs team.  


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Managing Trade & Customs in China

Customs rules can present complex challenges in any jurisdiction. However, if these rules are understood and managed, enterprises can use them to reduce operational risks, manage costs, improve their bottom line and gain favourable recognition in the market. In China, the size of the country can create further uncertainty due to variations in practices or interpretations at different ports of entry. Although these challenges can be met, they do require a commitment of time, resources and strategic planning. 

This brochure - Managing Trade & Customs in China (Version January 2019) introduces the intricacies of import, export and customs management in China, opportunities and challenges in customs management, as well as the services that can be provided by Trade and Customs team of KPMG China. The key contents include the following:

  • Trade & customs environment in China – This section introduces customs regulation, customs supervision in China and structure of China Customs, for enterprises to have an overall understanding.
  • Strategic planning, savings and efficiencies - Amidst the complexities of the China Customs landscape, enterprises can explore a number of strategies to reduce their costs of importing and exporting in China. These include special processing trade arrangements, special customs supervision areas, FTAs, and other strategies.
  • Common trade and customs management issues faced by enterprises - The complexity of rules in China may lead to challenges in the management of a company’s customs function.  This document mainly discusses the areas of customs valuation, tariff classification, processing trade and correct declaration, where enterprises had most challenges.
  • How KPMG can help - KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice is built upon a broad network of customs professionals in all key markets in China and throughout the region, and delivers customs-related advice to our clients on a country, regional and global level. 

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