Exports to China | Update (November '20)

Many will have seen media reports about customs delays and growing uncertainty with exports to China. Although we haven’t received formal confirmation of export bans and restrictions from the Chinese government, we have seen the following issues of concern:
  • Recent news reports of rock lobster shipments held up at Chinese airports, with no clear explanation or reason given
  • CCIQ members increasingly raising concerns about the delays they have experienced or the uncertainty current reports are generating. For example:
    • A Queensland machinery exporter being advised that their goods haven’t cleared customs, ostensibly due to a missing certificate of origin on the Chinese government portal
    • A Queensland primary exporter being concerned enough to contact CCIQ for reassurance that their goods will not be held up at Chinese ports of entry
What it means for you

There is clearly a lot of uncertainty surrounding exports to China, with a combination of current delays and warnings of future formal or informal restrictions to a variety of Australian goods. We would, therefore, recommend the following:
  • Refer to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) Industry Advice Notice regarding China Trade, released on Friday, the 6th of November 2020
  • If you are planning to export beef, coal, live lobsters, timber, barley, copper ore and concentrate, sugar, wine or other agribusiness or manufactured products, we strongly advise you to check with your importer for updates before committing to a shipment
  • To further take note of the following guidance from DAWE
“While the Department will continue to facilitate market access and seek to ensure importing country requirements are up to date and accurate, the Department encourages exporters to fully consider their own risk and potential losses. Exporters should ensure that they have independently confirmed relevant importing country requirements. Exporters are urged to seek advice from importers on potential for disruption to the clearance of their shipment.”

If you have any further questions please contact DAWE at china.trade@agriculture.gov.au.
If you have any IFAM questions or need more information, please email airfreight@austrade.gov.au or visit the IFAM webpage.
CCIQ members export hotline: 07 3192 0150 or exportdocs@cciq.com.au