China: Preferential treatment for importing some products for public popular science use
On April 1, 2012, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC) jointly released the Notice on Import Policy of Encouraging Popular Science Industry (CaiGuanShui  NO.4), providing preferable treatment for importing some products for public popular science use.
According to the Notice, within the period from January 1, 2012 to December 31,2015, science & technology museums, natural history museums and planetariums (stations), meteorological stations, seismic stations, university researching institutions opening to the public, are exempted from any imported tariffs or import VAT. And according to this Notice, 13 kinds of commodities (all 8 digits under customs tariff code) for public popular science use will be exempted from imported tariffs and import VAT.
Although this Notice came into effect from January 1, 2012, it was released to the public on April 1, 2012, three months later after its coming into effect.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 1 Jan 2012
Duration: 36 months
GTA Evaluation: Green
Source from the Ministry of Finance, Chinese Version Available :