The COVID-19 corona-virus continues to spread worldwide, and the import demand from china for medical suppliers is also growing rapidly.

These include surgical mask, disinfectants, fungicides, surgical gloves and thermometers.

Currently, in order to prevent the prevalence of fake medical supplies exports and ensure that China’s export face masks and other medical supplies are qualified and compliant, the Chinese government has very strict customs clearance requirements for the export of epidemic prevention materials.

Below are the detailed guide for the import of surgical and non-surgical  facemask from china custom clearance to the countries include the United States, Europe countries and other regions in Asia for you information.

Medical Mask Import Custom Clearance:


Non-medical facemask import and export Custom Clearance Request:

  • Factory business license.
  • Enterprise production license.
  • Product test report.
  • Product description, label.
  • Product batch / number.
  • Product quality and safety document.
  • Product sample picture and outer packing drawing.
  • Joint Declaration of the Exporter and the Importer

Currently all China suppliers and importers who import and export face masks need to sign one document named “Joint Declaration of the Exporter and the Importer”

Medical facemask import and export Custom Clearance Request:

  • Factory business license.
  • Enterprise production license.
  • Product test report.
  • Medical device registration.
  • Product description, label.
  • Product batch / number.
  • Product quality and safety document
  • Product sample picture and outer packaging picture.
  • Statement on the Export of Medical supplies.

From 1st-April , 2020, medical masks, medical protective clothing, ventilators and infrared thermometers, need to be provided the written or electronic statement promising that the export products have obtained the registration certificate of medical device products of the country. Meet the quality standard requirements of the exporting country.

Macao

Commodity Code: 6307909

Import clearance requirements: No limited

Duties and VAT: No

Taiwan

HS code: 63007050204

Import customs clearance requirements: under the name of an individual or a company, the quantity of the single shipment allowed to import is less than 1,000pcs. If import quantity exceed 1000pcs, it requires to indicate that the product is not for sales purposes. And the actual quantity of the face masks must be shown on the invoice.

Import Tariff: 7.5%

VAT: 5%

Tax-free amount: Below NT $ 2000

Trade term used to calculate tax: CIF

Japan

Commodity code: 63079

Import clearance requirements: No limited

Tariff: 4.7%

VAT: 10%

Tax-free amount: 10,000 yen

Trade term used to calculate tax: CIF

Korea

Commodity code: 6307909000

Import clearance requirements:

From February 27, 2020, the masks must be officially declared for company recipient. If it is used for sample testing, it can be exempted if allowed by customs.

If the purpose of import is “for personal usage”, there is no limit on the weight and quantity, but it depends on the discretion of the customs.

(Updated as of March 5, 2020)

If the masks import under the company name and for surgical sales usage, it must obtain an import license issued by the KFDA.

However, starting from March 5, 2020, if the recipient submits an “exemption application form” to the customs, indicating that it is used for company internal use or donation, the customs will temporarily exempt it.

Personal masks can be imported up to 3000 pcs each time, but the reason for import should be personal use, and the limit of weight and quantity is subject to customs’ judgment.

(Updated as of March 13, 2020)

Masks sent to the recipient under the name of the company and used for sales need to obtain an import license from the KFDA regardless of the invoice amount.

From March 18, 2020 to June 30, 2020, the import tax rate for surgical masks, KF masks (Korean filter) and MB filter (meltblown) is 0%.

Tariff: None

VAT: 10%

Duty Free: USD 150 (imported from the US, USD 200)

Trade term used to calculate tax: FOB

Singapore

HS code: 63007040

Import clearance requirements: Normally, import licenses are required. However, due to the corona virus spreading, the Singapore Health Authority will temporarily cancel the permit requirements for a period of time. However, all importers still need to fill out the “exempt order form” online before customs declaration.

Exempt Order Form Website:

https://go.gov.sg/HSAExemptionOrderNotification

Tariff: None

VAT: SGD 400 and above, 7% GST

Exempt amount: SGD 400 or less

Trade term used to calculate tax: CIF

Malaysia

HS code: 6307904000

Import clearance requirements: No limited

Tariff: 20%

VAT: 10%

Exempt amount: Less than RM500

Trade term used to calculate tax: CIF

Philippines

HS code: 63007040

Import clearance requirements: No limited

Tariff: 15%

VAT: 12%

Exempt amount: less than 200 USD

Trade term used to calculate the tax: FCA, FOB value

Thailand

HS code: 63007090

Import clearance requirements:

-For medical and medical purposes, the FDA is necessary.

-Not required for disposable masks

Tariff:

Dust respirator 5%

Medical masks 10%

VAT: 7%

Tax-free amount: less than 1500 Baht

Trade term used to calculate tax: CIF

Indonesia

HS code: 630790

Import clearance requirements:

Both individuals and business entities must present a license from the Ministry of Health to import. If the invoice value exceeds $ 1,500.00, the shipper must submit a complete Surveyor Report or Pre-inspection report

Note: UPS Indonesia does not have a license from the Ministry of Health. UPS Indonesia has been advised to stop import masks by UPS.

Tariff: 10%

VAT: 10%

Income tax: 10%

Exempt amount:

Under USD 3.00 = Only 10% VAT rate

USD 3.00-USD 1500 = 7.5% tax rate, 10% VAT rate

Above USD 1500 = 10% tax rate, 10% VAT rate

Trade terms used to calculate the tax: depending on the value of the commercial invoice

Vietnam

HS code: 63079040/63079090

Import clearance requirements: Individuals or business entities must present a permit from the Ministry of Health.

Tariff: 5%

VAT: 5%

Tax-free amount: Vietnamese Dong 1,000,000

Trade term used to calculate tax: C & F

Australia

HS code: 63097099

Import clearance requirements: No 3limited

Tariff: 5%

VAT: 10%

Exempt amount: AUD 1000

Trade term used to calculate tax: FOB

New Zealand

HS Code: 63079

Import clearance requirements: No limited

Tariff: 5%

VAT: more than NZ $ 1000, VAT 5%

Exempt amount: NZ $ 1000

Trade term used to calculate tax: FOB

European and American countries and regions

United States

For dust-proof masks, there is no FDA requirement as long as they are stated on the invoice as dust-proof masks.

Please also note that if the US Customs or FDA conducts an inspection and determines that the product is not a dust mask, there may be FDA requirements.

If regulated by the FDA, the following information is required. It is recommended to include this information in a commercial invoice.

FDA required elements

  • Reason for import (intended use in the US)
  • Manufacturer name and full address
  • Manufacturer’s FDA Registration Number-If this information is not provided, UPS US Customs can help to check, but the manufacturer must have the number that has been registered with the FDA.
  • Sender’s FDA registration number-If this information is not provided, UPS US Customs can help to check, but the sender must have thenumber that has been registered with the FDA.
  • Detailed product description
  • FDA Product Code-If this information is not provided, UPS US Customs Department can help to check, but must ensure that the product description is detailed to obtain an accurate code.

France

Masks with filtering devices are classified as medical devices and must meet EU product safety requirements. Visit the website link to learn about the safety requirements for medical device products.

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/medical-devices_en

Italy

If it belongs to the category of personal protective equipment, CE certification is not mandatory.

For medical or medical purposes, the health certificate is required and CE certification is also required.

Import duties and taxes are expected to be free, but are still awaiting further notice from the government.

United Kingdom

Fabric mask

HS code: 6307909899

Tariff: 6.3%

VAT: 20%

Disposable paper mask

HS code: 4818901000

Tariff: 0%

VAT: 20%

Spain

Require importers to issue a statement that the product is not under sanitary control

(Not for medical use).

Germany

Generally it require the 11-digit HS code to make a statement. In case of emergency, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Netherlands

CE certification is recommended, but not mandatory.

For products used only as sanitary materials, there are no special customs clearance requirements.

Notice:

  1. Affected by the COVID-19situation, pls note there will be any change in the customs clearance import requirements.
  2. At present, the Chinese customs have no special requirements for the export of masks. Whenyou importnon-medical masks (which are not in the scope of medical devices), a complete set of customs documents (invoices, packing lists and other supplementary documents required by customs) are required.
  3. Under the express deliveryway, donated supplies arestill needed to be approved by the government department or domestic and international organizations before they can be exported.
  4. It is recommended that the value of the personalmedical suppliers exported under the name of an individual be less than RMB5,000, and entrust a trading company or customs broker to make the export declaration.

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