China’s customs authority has issued guidance to lessen restrictions on direct filing of customs clearances.
China’s General Administration of Customs released GAC Order  No.16 to address a nationwide restriction on direct filing from the company side to the customs authority side. This is the latest action by China’s customs authority to foster steady growth of foreign trade and to improve customs clearance efficiency for enterprises.
In order to improve customs clearance efficiency and reduce cost, China’s customs authority expressed its intentions to promote reform and innovation using information technologies. In 2015, a nationwide reform of paperless customs clearance was initiated. In addition, paperless customs clearance is reinforced by other reform and innovation initiatives, such as measures to facilitate regional clearance integration, inspection, quarantine integration, and domestic and international trade integration.
Read a March 2016 report [PDF 281 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in China: China Customs Issues Important Announcement on Trade Facilitation, Getting Through the Last Mile of Customs Declaration for Various Customs Business
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