Change of legislation in China (CN) – effective 10th April.
(CN) Medical Device Export Requirements by new customs announcement No.53
As the further measures to ensure the quality of export medical goods, China customs published a new announcement (No.53/2020) on Apr 10th and took effect on the same day. According to the announcement, all of the following medical goods have to meet national quality standards, for which additional export clearance paper wok are required and customs will impose 100% inspection on:
COVID-19 test kits, ventilator, infrared thermometer, Surgical/medical face mask, Medical Protective Cloth, Medical/Surgical Hat, Medical Goggles, Medical/Surgical Gloves, Medical Shoes Cover, Patient Monitoring Device, Disinfectant Towel, Disinfectant .
The direct impacts that the new regulation have on medical shippers in China are:
1. No impact for shipment sent from private individual to private individual, value limit is RMB 1000
2. All of the medical goods mentioned above shipped from business to business or business to consumer has to be declared as formal entry and provide the following documents in addition to standard shipping paperwork(waybill, invoice, packing list, sale contract, power of attorney).
a. Company statement for the export of medical material(chopped copy)
b. Registration form of medical devices manufacturing (chopped copy)
c. Screenshot from China FDA website for registered manufacturer/product
d. Quality Assurance (QA) tag for the product by the manufacturer (accompany with the physical product)
e. Manufacture permit for medical device (nice to have, may help faster clearance)
f. Copy of business license from the manufacturer (nice to have, may help faster clearance)
g. Test report from the manufacturer (nice to have, may help faster clearance)
3. Masks, protective cloth, gloves, goggles etc. that manufactured for non-medical purpose do not need to provide medical certificates for export clearance, however will all be physically inspected by the customs. Any medical material declared as non-medical, and not able to further provide medical certificate, will be detained by customs for penalty. If words like “medical”, “surgical” shown on the product, it will be considered as medical goods regardless the usage of the goods.
To ensure the compliance to the new regulations, for DHL as an export clearance broker, and also to avoid further increase of on-hold OB volume due to customs detainment mentioned above at CN hub/gateway, China couriers/drivers will strictly verify the medical commodity against non-medical at the time of pickup, and ensure full paperwork required for medical shipments are available before accepting medical related shipments.
TAIWAN (TW)-REAL NAME AUTHENTICATION effective 16th April
TW Customs has announced that they will enforce Real Name Authentication from 16th, April, 2020 for all B2C and C2C import shipments with value (CIF) less than TWD 50,000 (USD 1,667) (for non-import license items). This means that Customs will authenticate the names of Consignees (CNEEs) locally via their mandatory telephone numbers which have been registered with Customs system to be included with the shipment details:
For shipments where telephone numbers have not been registered with Customs, consignees will receive a one off warning message from Customs Broker on import to register their telephone numbers. If the consignee continues to refuse to register with Customs, the Customs system will reject the import declaration for all subsequent import shipments. In this case, Consignees can provide paper based/fax power of attorney (POA) within 7 working days so that DHL TW can proceed with clearance. If no POA is provided or no telephone numbers provided upon contact, these shipments may be returned.
In order to avoid delays at clearance, please ensure that:
- CNEE telephone numbers ( better be cell phone number as Customs system registration can only accept cell phone) are included in the shipment details; and
- CNEE has registered their telephone numbers with Customs by downloading the application from the following link.
The Customs announcement can be found at here.
Real Name Authentication information can be found at here.
09 April 2020 | ABF Restrictions: Export of PPE
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has introduced new regulations that restrict the export of specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Australia.
DHL customer service are to screen any pick up requests containing PPE:
- Disposable face masks, gloves and gowns
- Protective eye wear in the form of goggles, glasses or visors
- Alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer
These items can be shipped by DHL Express if any of the following exemptions apply:
- For personal use by a passenger or crew member in their accompanied personal effects
- By a person sending PPE for their relative’s personal use
- By a humanitarian organisation for non-commercial purposes
- By an Australian manufacturer of the goods
- By a person who exported those types of goods in the course of their ordinary business, and is registered for Australian Goods and Services Tax and has an ABN.
DHL Express can accept these commodities as long as they meet the exemption criteria. For example, shipments from legitimate Australian manufacturers are acceptable, as are personal shipments of small quantities to family members.
Please note the ABF has not released information on what constitutes “small quantities”.
Imports into India – Effective 10th March
DHL India have recently had an influx of customers not understanding the correct process when sending inbound Personal Effects (also referred to as unaccompanied baggage) to India. DHL India have requested the below information be sent out to all as a handy reminder.
1. DHL Waybill Requirements:
- Shipper Name: As listed in passport and visa.
- Consignee Name: Must be same as Shipper Name.
- Delivery Address: Consignee address as listed in passport and visa.
- Phone, Fax or Email: Consignee’s valid India phone number and email address.
- Full Description of Contents: Must start with ‘Unaccompanied Baggage’.
Click here to view sample
- General Instruction:
Personal Presence Required:
- Consignees personal presence is required for the clearance of unaccompanied baggage shipments. In the event Consignee chooses not to personally present themselves at the airport, then a Power of Attorney authorising their representative should be sent with the shipment from Origin.
- For the clearance of unaccompanied baggage Consignee or representative has to carry Consignees original passport.
- Only used personal articles of traveller like books, cosmetics, shoes, clothes will be cleared duty free and others will attract duty. Additionally, local taxes, airports/public warehouse charges and demurrages if any will be levied.
Furthermore, additional information on what documentation is required for dutiable (Non-Doc) shipments being sent to India has been provided below:
Imports to India (IN)
- All Non-Doc shipments received into IN need the consignees Know Your Customer (KYC) documents.
- When booking in collections to IN, Consignors to include the Consignees GSTIN or PAN on the DHL invoice.
- To further minimise custom delays, please ensure accurate postcodes and phone numbers are being provided.
- The import clearance can only begin after the above information is available. Import declaration must be made within 24hrs of landing. After that time, India customs apply late filing penalties on the importer. (Penalties include €70 per day up to the 5th day and €140 per day thereafter).
- DHL Customs Declaration (Invoice) must be typed and not handwritten.
How to complete KYC
- All Consignees in India can visit www.dhlindia-kyc.com for more information and one time update of their GSTIN, PAN or KYC documentation for customs clearance.
A list of valid KYC documents can be also be found via www.dhlindia-kyc.com