China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, with extensive commitments to make its economy fit within the regulations of the organization. The ‘’wealth effect’’ from Chinese exports has made China one of the world’s largest importers as well. For U.S. exporters, this means lower market barriers, tariff reductions, willing participation in a rules-based trading system, and much more.
U.S. exporters and importers have and will continue to benefit enormously as China continues to become a more integrated trader with the rest of the world.
Properly completed paperwork will reduce the risk of being delayed at customs.
For all shipments imported from the U.S. to China that do not contain wood packing material, add the following statement to the Commercial Invoice:
If your shipment packing materials do contain wood, you will be required to provide one of the following documents or China customs will not accept the commodity for inspection:
- Fumigation Certificate
- Certification of Heat Treatment
- Declaration of Non-coniferous Wood Packing Materials
To learn more about this requirement and obtain proper documentation, contact the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
China Compulsory Certification Mark (CCC)
The CCC Mark is a safety and quality label that must be affixed to commodities entering China that contain select products. Check with the catalogue of products subject to the CCC Mark to see if you require this certification for your shipment. If your shipment requires a CCC Mark, you can learn how to apply for the CCC Mark online.
The Five Key Documents and Certifications used in shipping to China are the Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Shipper’s Export Declaration, Packing Materials and China Compulsory Certification Mark.