On September 14, 2016, the Ministry of Finance announced that on September 15, 2016, the tariff reductions for 201 products agreed upon for the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at the WTO December 2015 Ministerial Meeting in Nairobi will take effect. The 201 information technology products are covered by 480 separate Chinese tariff subheadings. The agreement includes a new generation of multi-element ICs, touch screens, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, audio-visual products, medical devices and instrumentation, information technology products for the production of special spare parts and raw materials. Import duties for most products will be reduced to zero in the next three or five years. However, a small number of products will have their import duties reduced to zero over the next seven years.

Many of the countries that signed onto to the expanded ITA implemented their tariff reductions on July 1, 2016, the date agreed upon in Nairobi. However, China, Japan and Korea did not complete their domestic requirements for implementation in time to meet that date. The State Council approved the reductions during the 22nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on September 3.

The lists of products may found as attachments to General Administration of Customs Announcement 50.