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Inquiry: Can Nepal Medical Herbs Be Imported to China?

In November, 2021, A Nepal client contacted us by email. As below was his inquiry:

Its our pleasure to introduce us as exporters of medicinal herbs for TCM uses from Nepal under HS Code 1211.90.39. But we are facing trouble in Chinese customs clearance. Please kindly guide us how we can get your help for clearing our consignment. On getting your proper response, we will tell our Chinese buyer to contact you for the service.

NAME:  Soloman Seal, Huanjin (Polygonatum sibricum) 
ORIGIN : Nepal,
SHIPMENT VIA : Kolkata Port, India,
SHIPMENT FREQUENCY : 2X40' CONTAINER per month

China government only allows medical herbs that meets the assessment review requirements and from countries or regions that China has traditional trade with to be imported in China. There is a list for the qualified medical herbs and their matching countries and regions. 

Take Nepal for example. There are 7 herbs of Nepal origin can be imported into China, including: CHEBULAE FRUCTUS, MYRRHA, OLIBANUM, DIOSCOREAE RHIZOMA,DENDROBII CAULIS, ARTEMISIAE ANNUAE HERBA, DRACONIS SANGUIS. 

Unfortunately, the herb the client wanted to import was not in the above list. So he can not get them imported into China. On the hand, he  was quite wise to contact a China customs broker before shipping. If he sent shipment without consulting with us, the shipment will end up being returned by China customs, and he will lose lots of money especially when ship 2X40' CONTAINER. 

Before sending medical herbs to China, it is also very important to check with China customs clearance agent to see what documents are required for clearance in China. Normally, certificate of origin and phytosanitry certificate are the basic required certs from the exporter. CITES are required for endangered species. And the import clearance sheet for medicine shall be obtained by the importer in China for some specific herbs.  Wlelcome to contact us if you have any questions for exporting medical herbs to China. 


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