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Customs Clearance Facilitation Measures for Imported Grape Wine Gets Further Paved

The customs clearance and taxation facilitation measures for imported grape wine has been further paved since October 20, 2015, covering all ports of Shenzhen customs. The facilitation measures will simplify the price pre-verification and limited time price verification, which will further accelerate customs clearance speed, according to Shenzhen customs.

It is introduced that to sport the economic development of Hong Kong and underpin its status as Asia grape wine trade and distributing centre, General Administration of Shenzhen Customs has signed cooperation agreements with Hong Kong Customs. Since 2010, Shenzhen customs has implemented the facilitation measures on a pilot at  Huanggang , Man Kam To, Sha Tau Kok and three other land port, which has provided customs clearance convenience for nearly 7 million liters imported grape wine. China customs will carry out the facilitation measures in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou an at d all ports of Shenzhen customs.

The measures simplify the customs clearance procedures at mainland ports for grape wine imported from Hong Kong to mainland China.  In the importation process, China customs has canceled the condition limitation that grape wine shall be imported by importer that meet credit requirements and has been flied in domestic customs, and has trimmed the procedures of  price pre-verification and limited time price verification. After the qualified and filed exporters summit application on declaration system, the grape wine examined and verified by Hong Kong customs can enjoy customs clearance and taxation facilitation measures when being cleared at the mentioned mainland ports. According to the relevant person in charge of Shenzhen customs, hopefully the customs handling time can shortened to within 5 minutes for enterprises.

Our country has a adult population of 1.1 billion. But less than 4% of national alcohol consumption is grape wine, which suggests a huge market potential. Customs data shows that the grape wine import quantity at Shenzhen port has kept a continual rapid increase since this year, with  double-digit sales growth of each month.  

In the first three quarters of this year, Shenzhen port imported 44,390,000 litre grape wine, up by 50.3% than a year ago. The total import value reached 3.53 billion yuan, rose by 82.4%. The monthly import value of September surged by 140%. Meanwhile, the average import price also went up to RMB79.6 per litre, increased by 21.4%.

According to customs statistics, EU is the largest import source of imported grade wine at Shenzhen port. In the first three quarters of this year, Shenzhen port imported 31, 620,000 litre grade wine from EU, up by 51.9% than same period last year, and accounting for 72.% of the total import quantity in the same period. Therein, 23,780,000 litres were from France, 4, 720,000 from Spain, and 2,167,000litres from Italy, up by 55.9%, 42.6%, and 41.6% respectively.

As the traditional production area of grade wine, EU unveiled new regulations previously to support the expansion of grape wine industry. It is reported that on April 09, 2015, European Commission announced that they would allow member countries expand vineyard planting area by 1% each year from January 1, 2016. This new regulation supports the expansion of grape wine industry and will be good for the strengthening of EU grade wine export to China.