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China Customs Clearance Process


Importing CHINA
Frequently asked questions about customs brokerage and the importing to Chinese process.

I have never imported before, is it difficult?
Yes and No, importing is difficult if you don’t use a professional customs broker. TOBECAN importclear makes imports simple by streamlining the process into a few easy steps and doing all the work for you. Thus, people who use Tobecan importclear find importing easy and affordable.

Do I need to have a license to import products?
No, but you do need to use a licensed Customs broker. TOBECAN importclear is a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder who can easily clear your freight and deliver it to its ultimate destination.

What Chinese ports does importclear service?
is licensed to clear goods anywhere within China. We are hooked up to the China Customs EDI program which enables remote customs entry to any port. We are able to handle all imports coming into China and deliver them to their final destination.

What is a customs broker and what do they do?
Customs brokers are licensed to act as agents for commercial companies importing goods to CHINA. Customs brokers provide release instructions to Chinese Customs as well as other government departments to permit the flow of imported goods. Customs brokers classify the goods according to the current Chinese Tariff to apply duties and taxes owing to Chinese Customs. With the constantly changing rules and regulations, employing a customs broker makes good business sense.

Does Tobecan Importclear offer last mile delivery within CHINA?
Yes, we offer last mile delivery services. Ask for ocean port and airport pickups and last mile delivery of your goods to the final destination.

Do I need to be a Chinese Citizen?
No. Tobecan Importclear offers mprts to China for both CN & International businesses or individuals.

How Long does it take to process for Customs?
Our goal is to process your shipment for Customs within 30 minutes however complex entries can take up to 3 hours

Will i need a Credit Card to process a shipment?
No. Tobecan importclear can help do you, all in.

What documents do i need to provide Tobecan importclear for my import?
For simple imports, only a commercial invoice (bill of sale is required. more complex imports may require completed partner government agency forms, all other documentation will com directly from your carrier.

What is an Importer of Record?
Importer of Record refers to an importer, whether an entity or individual, who is responsible for ensuring that legal goods are imported in accordance with the law of the place. The importer is responsible for filling legally required documents.

What is a commercial invoice?
The commercial invoice is the basic statement of the seller to the buyer for goods shipped; it ideally respresents a complete record of the business transaction between the exporter and the importer with regard to the goods sold. A commercial invoice must include vender contact info. buyer contact info. detailed item description,country of manufacture of the goods, price,quantity, and HS code.

What is a Customs Bond?
A customs surety bond is a contract used for guaranteeing that a specific obligation will be fulfilled between customs and an importer for and given import transaction. The main purpose of a custom bond is to guarantee the payment of import duties and taxes.

What is Custom Duty?
China imposes tariffs(customs duties) on import of goods. The duty is levied at the time of import and is paid by the importer of record. Customs duties vary by country of origin and product. Goods from many countries are exempt from duty under varions trade agreements.

How is duty calculated?
The China Tariff System provides duty rates for virtually every item that exists. The system is a reference manual that is the size of an unabridged dictionary.

Need delivery too?
Tobecan Importclear can arrange the pick up and delivery of cargo anywhere in the China.

Don’t have all your documents?
With Tobecan Importclear, you will be able to upload documents at any time throughout the clearance process via our virtual work-space.

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