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Tagged shipment to Taiwan blocked by Chinese customs: official

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A shipment from Taiwan was held by Chinese customs for about 18 days because its entry documents did not show it as coming from “Taiwan, China,” according to a Taiwanese official.

Taiwan Customs was contacted by an exporter for assistance on August 5 after being ordered by Chinese customs officials to indicate on entry documents that a shipment originated from “Taiwan, China” .

Following communication between officials of the two countries, it was confirmed that the shipment cleared customs on August 23, the official said.

The official did not provide details as to whether changes were made to the country of origin on the declaration documents to ensure the shipment passed through customs.

Since early August, six exporters have contacted Taiwan Customs for assistance in obtaining the release of shipments blocked from entering China due to similar country of origin issues.

China has reportedly started strictly enforcing a rule established in 2015 that goods imported from Taiwan must be listed as coming from “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” on declaration documents and packaging labels under of a series of punitive measures taken in response to a visit by Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan from August 2-3.

A Taiwanese food ingredient producer previously told CNA that the rule has not been strictly enforced in the past, as non-compliant labels will still be cleared by Chinese customs as long as the offending parts are covered or masked.

A move to stricter enforcement of the Chinese rule could be problematic for Taiwanese businesses, as Taiwan’s customs declaration regulations prohibit listing goods as originating in “Taiwan, China”, a trader said. petrochemical industry at CNA in August.

Taiwan authorities said they would monitor the situation and help commercial operators resolve the issue.

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