(Yicai Global) Dec. 7 -- China has today decided to increase the number of cities covered by the transitional period policies for cross-border e-commerce businesses from 10 to 15. China’s ministry of commerce (Mofcom) will introduce new regulatory arrangements concerning e-commerce imports to ensure a smooth transition for relevant companies.
The transitional policies have been introduced in 10 cities including Shanghai, Tianjin and Hangzhou. Starting from Jan. 1, 2018, the policies will be rolled out in five additional cities -- Hefei, Chengdu, Dalian, Qingdao and Suzhou, Mofcom spokesperson Gao Feng said at a press briefing today.
China’s market regulators issued a directory of goods imported via cross-border e-commerce in April 2016, imposing strict restrictions on imports of fresh food, baby formula, health food and cosmetic products. In view of the significant repercussions of the new policy, the authorities set a transitional period in some cities. The transitional policies will expire at the end of next year.
At present, the Chinese government treats products imported through e-commerce as personal goods. These goods are subject to necessary quarantine measures, but they may have quality or safety issues due to the absence of import inspection and conformity checks, Gao pointed out.
Mofcom advises consumers to read product information thoroughly and select well-regulated cross-border e-commerce platforms.