IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

firm-specific

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
← back to the state act
Inception date: 14 May 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import licensing requirement

In May 2018, the Chinese government added the following non-state firms to the roster of those allowed to import fuel oil for refining:

  1. Heilongjiang Longrun International Trade Co., Ltd.
  2. Guangdong Fuel Co., Ltd.

Chinese policy dictates that non-state importers must acquire this permission to carry out any fuel oil imports, ensuring state-run firms have an advantage.

In order to qualify for these licenses, independent firms must satisfy various conditions, mainly relating to the size of the firm, e.g. it must have a credit line of USD 20m (specifically USD, not Chinese RMB) and be prepared to import a minimum of 50,000 tons of fuel oil per year.

The total non-state national fuel oil import quota is 16.2m tonnes.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

333 Petroleum oils & oils of bituminous materials, other than crude
2710 Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic con
271019 Other

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