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China Changes PPE Export Rules

USMCA Enters into Force on July 1st
China Reinforces its Quality Control Measures on PPE and Medical Supplies Export Shipments

Good morning,

Thanks to AfA Regulatory Compliance Committee member Michael Ford of BDP for this information. 

China Ministry of Commerce (MOC), General Administration of Customs (GACC), and State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published a joint announcement [2020 No.12] to reinforce quality control measures on PPE (personal protective equipment) and medical supplies export, effective from April 26, 2020.
1. Non-medical masks export,
a). When exporters declare to China customs, a "Joint Declaration of the Exporter and the Importer" is required to confirm that the products are compliant with quality standard of China or destination country, along with the importer's statement that the masks are not purchased for medical use purposes.
b). MOC provides a list of the manufacturers of non-medical masks which have already been certified or registered for foreign standards (published on www.cccmhpie.org.cn)
c). SAMR provides a list of unqualified/counterfeit non-medical masks and manufacturers (published on www.samr.gov.cn)
d). China Customs refers to above two lists to verify and release the non-medical masks export.
2. Medical supplies export, includes Coronavirus Test Kits, Medical/Surgical Masks, Medical/Surgical Isolation Gowns, Ventilators and Infrared Thermometers,
a). When exporters declare to China customs, an "Export Declaration of Medical Supplies" is required as a commitment to comply with quality standards and safety requirements of the destination country.
b). MOC provides a list of manufacturers of the medical supplies which have already been certified or registered for foreign standards (published on www.cccmhpie.org.cn)
c). China Customs refers to above list to verify and release the medical supplies export.
The original announcement as follows (only available in Chinese):

USMCA Enters into Force on July 1 
This comes from the office of the United States Trade Representative:
Washington, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today notified Congress that Canada and Mexico have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and that the Agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020.  Following that notification to Congress, the United States became the third country to notify the other Parties that it had completed its domestic procedures to implement the agreement-the final step necessary for the USMCA to enter into force.
The USMCA's entry into force marks the beginning of a historic new chapter for North American trade by supporting more balanced, reciprocal trade, leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.  The Agreement contains significant improvements and modernized approaches to rules of origin, agricultural market access, intellectual property, digital trade, financial services, labor, and numerous other sectors.  These enhancements will deliver more jobs, provide stronger labor protections, and expand market access, creating new opportunities for American workers, farmers, and ranchers.

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