IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

firm-specific

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 20 Jan 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On January 20th, 2009, three Chinese ministries jointly released Announcement 2009/2 (hereafter, 'Announcement'), which granted tax-free imports to certain approved institutions.

Once approved, such institutions were able to import cultural artifacts without paying any associated import taxes.

To qualify for the status, institutions must register with the local authorities and be deemed to be 'furthering the traditional art and culture of China and foreign nations, as well as increasing the soft power of ethnic Chinese culture'.

This highly interpretative clause means that only institutions that operate within the highly truncated historical narrative approved by the Chinese Communist Party will be eligible for the treatment.

Several lists of these firms were then released; please see related act for more information.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

MAP
TABLE
EXPORT

AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

389 Other manufactured articles n.e.c.
9701 Paintings, drawings and pastels, executed entirely by hand, other than drawings of heading 49.06 and other than hand painted or handdecorated manufactured articles; collages and similar decorative plaques.
970110 Paintings, drawings and pastels
9706 Antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years.
970600 Antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years.

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