China Customs targets smuggling activities in 2012

Posted on: 21/04/2012

At the national customs anti-smuggling working conference held in February 2012 in Shenzhen, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) director announced that China Customs has embarked on a special nationwide campaign in 2012 code-named National Gateway Protection or "Shield of Gate". The primary aim of the campaign is to strike decisively at smuggling activities, and regional customs offices have responded with detailed action plans.

While this campaign specifically targets illicit activities, legitimate companies should take care to avoid unnecessary investigations or penalties caused by careless operations. Businesses should conduct self-audits focusing on commodity classification, pricing policies, bonded materials, and tax-exempt equipment.

Based on experiences with similar special action programs in the past, China Customs will likely take a series of actions to accomplish the goals set out in "Shield of Gate". It will also strengthen investigations into and penalties on alleged smuggling or illicit behaviors.

Information on the special action program "Shield of Gate" can be found at (Chinese).





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