ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Dec 2008
December 15th, 2008 - China's State Council Tariffs and Tax Standards Commission released its annual tariff adjustments to be executed from the beginning of 2009. Compared to 2008, several import tariffs have been lowered.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
PRC State Council Tariffs and Tax Standards Committee, December 15th 2008. (国务院关税税则委员会关于2009年关税实施方案的通知)
The December 2008 release from China's Tariffs and Tax Standards Committee reduced import tariffs on a total of 106 items. 101 of these were included in the 'provisional import tax update' list, plus five items, including strawberries, fruit and nuts and fermented beverages, which had their rates 'specially' reduced. See taxonomy section for more details.
21 changes were made only for 2009.
72 were extended for at least one year.
N.B.: Some reductions come in the form of changing a per unit tariff to ad valorem. Please see official announcement for more details.
In addition to the above import tariff reductions, the release also announced 30 export tariff reductions. See taxonomy section for details。 All were extended at least one year, with 25 continuing to be renewed as of 2017.
As well as reductions, there were also 54 export tariff increases posted for 2009.
30 of these were only temporary for that year.
The remaining 24 were extended for at least three additional years.