ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Dec 2016
December 31st, 2016 - The Chinese government released an annual list of goods requiring special import/export licensing.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
PRC Ministry of Commerce, December 31st, 2016. (商务部 海关总署公告2016年第87号 发布《两用物项和技术进出口许可证管理目录》)
In December 2016, the Chinese government published a catalogue of goods classified as 'dual-use'.
This indicates said goods are considered by the Chinese government to be usable for both civilian and military purposes, requiring a special licence for import or export.
This iteration of the catalogue saw 28 items removed from the list of imports requiring a licence.
In addition to the above, the 2017 version of the dual-use goods catalogue released by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce contained 31 new items on the list of imported goods requiring a licence.
The products are those that are considered by the Chinese government to able to be used for both civilian and military purposes, hence the licensing requirement.
The 2017 iteration of the relevant catalogue released by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce also shows which exported goods require a specific licence, due to their 'dual-use' classification, that is, being considered able to be used for both civilian and military purposes.
This year saw 31 items removed from this list of exports.
Finally, in the 2017 release of the 'dual-use items' catalogue promulgated by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, 33 items were added to the list of exported goods, meaning that they would newly require a dual-use licence before export.
The list is in place to mark which goods are deemed by the Chinese government to be able to be used for both civilian and military purposes.