By: Jenette Prince, 2nd VP, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc.
New Manifest Regulation concerning China – GACC Announcement 56
The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) issued Announcement (2017) 56 to update the advance manifest rules for all China imports and exports, effective June 1, 2018. The purpose of this Announcement is to enhance the control over inbound/outbound vessels, aircrafts and the goods thereon by means of data declaration. This affects both importers and exporters in the US that ship or receive cargo from China regardless of mode of transport.
• Manifest details must be submitted to China Customs 24 hours prior to loading. This includes all inbound and outbound aircrafts or vessels going to/via/from China mainland ports.
• Manifest data must be accurate and complete for all goods under the bill of lading and waybills.
• Cargo description must be accurate, complete and cover all the goods.
• Full contact details of the Shipper and Consignee (or Notify Party if Consignee is “To Order”) are mandatory, including the Enterprise Codes. Examples include United Social Credit Code (USCC) or Organization Code (OC). If the shipper or consignee in China has a USCC, provide the USCC in the form of United Social Credit Identifier (USCI) + USCC. Additional data required is listed below:
• Shipper’s company code (for exports US = EIN or CIK number)
• Shipper’s Phone Number
• Consignee’s company name
• Consignee’s company code (for exports, your shipper will need to provide this to you/ imports = EIN or CIK number)
• Consignee’s phone number
• Name of contact person for Consignee
• Notify Party’s company name
• Notify Party’s phone number
• Notify Party’s company code (only applies to shipments consigned to order – see consignee for data elements)
The Chinese Customs authorities have not announced consequences for missing, wrong, or late filings. However, some carriers have announced that failure to comply with this new regulation may result in non-shipment of cargo from port of loading, or the risk of cargo being held or rejected by the Chinese Customs authorities.