IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 06 Apr 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 6 April 2009, the General Administraton of Customs and the State Press and Publication Administration ("SPPA") jointly issued the Measures for the Administration of Import of Audio and Video Products (Lianheling '2011' No.53) for the purpose of improving the management of the importation of audio and video products (AV products).
 
This measure banned the importation of AV products containing the following content:
1) against the principles of the Constitution;
2) endangering the national unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of China;
3) disclosing the state secrets, or endangering the national security, honour and interest;
4) inciting hatred or discrimination, harm the unity among different ethnicities;
5) promoting sect and superstition;
6) disturbing the social order and stability;
7) promoting gambling, pornography, or instigation of a crime;
8) humiliation and defamation, infringement of legal rights;
9) against public morals and the excellence of national culture; or
10) other content banned by the national law and regulations.
 
The importation of the AV products are subject to the review and approval of SPPA.
There are two concerns with this measure. First, that the definition ofthe criteria for limiting trade are vague, hence introducingpolicy-related uncertainty for importers and exporters. Second, that theimplementation of this measure may be on discriminatory grounds. Forexample, in criteria (8), whose rights are being protected?
 
 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

475 Disks, tapes, storage devices & other media, not recorded
" class="default-popupover-item"> 8523 Discs, tapes, solidstate nonvolatile storage devices, "smart cards" and other media for the recording of sound or of other phenomena, whether or not recorded, including matrices and masters for the production of discs, but excluding products of Chapter
852341 Unrecorded
852351 Solidstate nonvolatile storage devices
852359 Other
476 Disks, tapes & other physical media, recorded
" class="default-popupover-item"> 8523 Discs, tapes, solidstate nonvolatile storage devices, "smart cards" and other media for the recording of sound or of other phenomena, whether or not recorded, including matrices and masters for the production of discs, but excluding products of Chapter
852329 Other
852349 Other
852380 Other
479 Cards with magnetic strips or chip
" class="default-popupover-item"> 8523 Discs, tapes, solidstate nonvolatile storage devices, "smart cards" and other media for the recording of sound or of other phenomena, whether or not recorded, including matrices and masters for the production of discs, but excluding products of Chapter
852321 Cards incorporating a magnetic stripe
852352 ìSmart cardsî

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