1. Catalogue of Dual-use Items and Technologies Subject to Import and Export License

On 31 December 2016, the GAC and Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) jointly issued the Catalogue of Dual-use Items and Technologies Subject to Import and Export License (Dual-use Catalogue) for 2017 which came into effect from 1 January 2017. Compared to the Dual-use Catalogue for 2016, the new catalogue has made the following substantial changes:

• There are two new items added into the List of Items subject to Catalogue of Monitored Chemicals Administration Regulation under Category 1 of the Import Dual-use Catalogue and Category 4 of the Export Dual-use Catalogue:

– Technology for producing chemicals subject to Class I, II or III monitoring.

– Special equipment for producing chemicals subject to Class I, II or III monitoring.

• There is one item added into the List of Precursor Chemicals under Category 2 of the Import Dual-use Catalogue and Category 7(1) of the Export Dual-use Catalogue:

– Saps of Chinese ephedra.

• Imports of radioisotopes shall now be subject to the relevant provisions in the Regulations on the Safety and Protection of Radioisotopes and Radiation Devices and the Measures for the Administration of Import and Export Licenses of Dual-use Items and Technologies. Such imports shall also be reported to the Ministry of Environmental Protection for examination and approval, before being issued with import licenses for dual-use items and technologies. These import licenses will have to be presented while going through customs procedures.

2. Catalogue of Goods subject to Import License

On 30 December 2016, the GAC, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and MOFCOM jointly issued the Catalogue of Goods subject to Import License (Import Catalogue) for 2017 which came into effect from 1 January 2017. Under the Import Catalogue, 13 categories of goods are subject to import licensing. Compared to the Import Catalogue for 2016, the new catalogue has not made any substantial changes.

3. Catalogue of Goods subject to Export License

On 30 December 2016, the GAC, AQSIQ and MOFCOM jointly issued the Catalogue of Goods subject to Import License (Export Catalogue) for 2017 which came into effect from 1 January 2017. Under the Export Catalogue, 44 categories of goods are subject to either export quotas or export license management. Compared to the Export Catalogue for 2016, the new catalogue has made the following substantial changes:

• Certain categories of goods, such as natural magnesium, talc lump (or powder), tin and tin products, antimony and antimony products, are no longer subject to export quota. Instead they are subject to export license management. Categories of goods that are subject to export quotas include wheat, corn, rice, wheat flour, corn flour, coal, crude oil, refined oil, cotton, silver and sawn timber.

• When applying for either export quota or export license for processing trade commodities under the Export Catalogue, exporters are no longer required to provide a Certificate of Approval for Bonded Processing(加工 贸易业务批准证). Instead, they must provide a Certification of Production Capacity (加工贸易企业经营状况及生产能力证明).

• Export of corn, rice, tungsten and tungsten products, antimony and antimony products, coal, crude oil, refined oil, cotton, silver and other commodities will be subject to export trade management.