China has taken new measures to ensure the quality of medical supplies export. From 1 April 2020, exporters of medical products including COVID-19 testing kits, medical face masks, medical protective suits, ventilators and infrared thermometers need to provide extra documentation for customs clearance. The document, either in print or digital form, should contain a declaration that the products have been officially registered in China and meet the quality-control standards of respective export destinations, according to the notice of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Chinese customs will release exports based on certificates of registration approved by medical product administrations, according to the notice (No. 5 of year 2020) jointly issued with the General Administration of Customs (GACC) and the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).
The “actual registration status” of Chinese suppliers is updated on NMPA’s official website (Chinese only).
On 25 April 2020 the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the General Administration of Customs (GACC) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) jointly released a notice (No. 12 of year 2020) on further strengthening the supervision of the quality of exports of COVID-19 epidemic-prevention products:
- As of 26 April 2020, China has strengthened the supervision on exports of non-medical use face masks, which are required to meet the quality standards of either China or respective export destinations.
MOFCOM has published a List of Validated Non-Medical Use Face Masks Companies with Certification/Authorization from other Countries released by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medical and Health Products (continuously updated on the CCCMHPIE website, www.cccmhpie.org.cn). The State Administration for Market Regulation offers a list of disqualified non-medical use face masks and manufacturers in the Chinese market (continuously updated on SAMR website, www.samr.gov.cn). Non-medical use face masks exporters must submit, either in print or digital form, a joint declaration of the exporter and the importer for customs clearance that serves as confirmation that the masks are compliant with the quality standards of China or respective export destinations, and the importer accepts the procured products’ quality standards and that there is no intention of medical use (template in Annex 1). The Chinese Customs shall inspect and release the products according to the list provided by MOFCOM. For products from manufacturers not included in the list of SAMR, Chinese Customs require the respective declarations to perform inspections and release the products.
For procurement contracts signed before 26 April 2020, a joint declaration by the exporter and the importer must be submitted when going through customs clearance (template as Annex 1).
- Further normalization of export procedures of medical supplies.
As of 26 April 2020, the exporter of medical products including COVID-19 testing kits, medical face masks, medical protective suits, ventilators and infrared thermometers with Certification/Authorization from other Countries must submit a declaration, in either print or digital form, affirming that the products meet the quality-control standards and the safety requirements of respective export destinations when going through customs clearance (template as Annex 2). The Chinese Customs shall inspect and release the products according to the List of Medical Devices and Supplies Companies with Certification/Authorization from other Countries provided by MOFCOM (continuously updated on CCCMHPIE website www.cccmhpie.org.cn).
The above-mentioned supervision measures for the export of PPE supplies will be adjusted continuously according to the development of the pandemic.
This joint release (No. 12 of year 2020) is a supplement to the previous joint release (No. 5 of year 2020). The measures stipulated in both releases are jointly executed.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a high international demand for sourcing of medical equipment in China. It is very challenging to select qualified and to avoid unreliable Chinese suppliers, to comply with the periodically updated Chinese export regulations and to conduct stringent quality assessments of the purchased products.
Therefore, the Swiss Business Hub China has compiled a fact sheet which offers practical support and guidance regarding the procurement of medical equipment in China and its transportation to Switzerland. Should you require professional support in the commercial procurement of medical equipment in China, please contact our S-GE consultants for the Chinese market, Daniel Bont and Alain Graf.
Switzerland: Federal Council suspends customs duties on medical goods
Medical protective equipment and other consumables play a key role in the fight against the coronavirus. As sufficient quantities of these products cannot be produced in Switzerland, the supply situation in Switzerland must be improved. The Federal Council therefore decided on 8 April, 2020, to temporarily suspend customs duties on imports of important medical goods. This should therefore allow medical supplies to be imported as easily and cheaply as possible. With customs-free imports, the Federal Council wants to facilitate the supply of hospitals, nursing staff and patients with urgently needed medical equipment.
This measure will make the import of such goods cheaper while reducing the administrative burden. Importers no longer have to a provide proof of origin for customs-free imports under free trade agreements. Private importers are also treated in the same way as Federal and Cantonal Civil Protection authorities, which can already import supplies for providing protection without customs duties.