Questions and answers about China

  • China- split PO

    QUESTION: We issued a PO to a manufacturer in China. The terms of the PO were that the entire order would ship to our company in the U.S. and we would pay in US$. Sales contacted us and asked if a portion of the order could be shipped to a new customer in China. The […]

  • China post entry corrections

    QUESTION: Does the China government allow for post entry corrections?  I have a customer that claims we short shipped them and want us to pay the duties and taxes on the quantity they said we didn’t ship them. We have offer to ship replacements, reluctantly, but have asked them to correct the original entry and […]


    QUESTION: Our company is designing a HVAC system in Hong Kong that will be produced in Mexico and imported into the U.S. The company producing the product in Mexico will be responsible for sourcing most components that will be incorporated into the system. However, beyond the design work we are doing in Hong Kong, we […]

  • Third-party in China

    QUESTION: Q: We are looking at having our China supplier of annular screws ship to our sister company in Shanghai. Then possibly having our sister company sell to us but ship to the third-party customer in a third-country. This could be Canada, Mexico, or somewhere else in Latin America or Asia. If the price on […]

  • Production Date for China Imports

    QUESTION: Our Chinese customer is asking for the production dates of the parts we’re shipping to them. They are saying this is for Customs clearance. We ship to China frequently and haven’t encountered this before. Is anyone aware of this requirement and its background? ========== Answer: I’ve never been requested to provide production dates and […]


    QUESTION: Our suppliers are currently in China. Several of them have agreed to move to Thailand, Taiwan and/or Vietnam. With the initial move all parts required to make the finished good will be sourced in China and shipped to the new country for assembly. There are many parts and the assembly process involves over 100 […]

  • Chinese Refunds

    QUESTION: My company is relatively new on the Chinese tariffs 232 and 301. I am having the difficulty in coming out with an alternative solution. Our vendor from China received a credit of returned of goods but doesn’t want to create a credit note reflecting that refund instead they want to adjust our products by […]

  • China HTS Codes

    QUESTION: Is there a link to China HTS Book, similar to our USITC website for US. Trying to validate the duty rates for hts code for importing into China, rather have a reliable source from China Government website, especially due to the US/China retaliatory tariff. %%%%%%%%%% ANSWERS: %%%%%%%%%% The one below is subscription required, […]

  • 70th anniversary in China – impact to logistics and customs clearance operations – FF/Couriers or Chinese Govt?

    QUESTION: We’ve been hearing rumors that the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Government in China will result in delays in courier and FF delivery as well as Chinese customs clearances. Has anyone in the logistics/customs area heard anything about this? Will there be a closure of govt operations in China for a […]

  • China retaliatory tariff list for December 2019

    QUESTION: I am trying to find a comprehensive list of HTS codes that will be impacted by the Chinese government’s proposed 5-10% duty rate increase on December 15, 2019. A 5-10% range is not helpful, unless one is using a conservative “worse case scenario” analysis. I am hoping to find specific proposed rates per HS […]

  • Moving from China

    QUESTION: Curious to know for the members’ companies that are moving production out of China to avoid the increased tariffs, what other countries are you moving to? Not looking for company names – just industries or by commodity – ie, plastics to country x, textiles to country z, etc.. Thanks in advance. =========== Answer: Electronics […]

  • Outer Carton Labeling Requirement for China

    QUESTION: I have been searching for a previous answer. Trying to find the guidelines for required country of origin labeling requirements for outer cartons on goods exporting to China. What if the outer carton has goods with multiple CoOs’. Does anyone have any information. The commodity repair parts for industrial cooking equipment. *********** Answers: I […]