The used equipment market in China is huge, however, under current Chinese regulations the procedure for buying used equipment from outside of China is complex.
Used Equipment Market in China
The used equipment market in China is huge, however,
under current Chinese regulations the procedure for buying
used equipment from outside of China is complex.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine of the People?s Republic of
China (AQSIQ) is the responsible Chinese government
agency that handles the importation of used equipment as
well as the General Administration of Customs and the
For More Information Contact:
Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).
The Chinese government has issued 19 documents that Sophie Xiao & Andrew Gately
provide guidance on how to go through importation
procedures. All documents can be found at the Guangdong
U.S. Commercial Service
Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau (GDCIQ)
webpage: Click here to access the site; (All documents are
American Consulate General Guangzhou
3 Step Procedure for Importing Used
Import license Phone: (86-20) 8667-4011 ext. 619
Import certificates (if required) are issued by the
Fax: (86?20) 8666?6409
MOFCOM or its provincial office before the importation of
second-hand mechanical and electrical equipment. It is the
consignee of the equipment or their agent that must obtain
the required certificates before importation.
CCIC North America will conduct a pre-shipment check at
the request of AQSIQ after a ?buying order? has been
placed with AQSIQ. The time required for a pre-shipment
At least 90 days before the arrival of goods, the consignee
check varies on a case-to-case basis. The pre-shipment
must file records with AQSIQ or the local administration of
check is charged at a standard fee rate based on the used
the inspection branch directly under AQSIQ.
Since 2007, all imported used equipment is subject to a pre-
All imported used equipment is subject to an arrival check
shipment check regardless of the dollar value. The pre-
at port. Upon reaching the port of entry the goods will go
shipment inspection institution will complete an inspection
through an inspection and quarantine whereby the goods
before the shipment of goods and then submit a Pre-
are reviewed against the pre-shipment inspection certificate.
shipment Inspection Report to the local AQSIQ branch.
The local AQSIQ branch will then review the report and
After finishing the three-step AQSIQ check, the imported
issue a Certificate of Pre-shipment Inspection if the goods
used equipment is handed over for customs clearance.
meet AQSIQ criteria. The Los Angeles-based CCIC North
America is the only office authorized to conduct pre-
Even though the Chinese Government has been trying hard
shipment checks in the United States. Contact information
to regulate the used equipment market and smooth the
procedures for importing used equipment, in reality, the
procedure for making such a transaction is very
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complicated and tedious. Often, exact procedures are
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determined on a case-by-case basis. Legitimate
Tel: (626) 919-8802(O), (626) 960-1560 (H)
transactions are hindered under the current Chinese
Fax: (626) 919-8903(O), (626) 960-4543 (H)
government's regulations and application procedures.