Author Xu Huiyun
The policy extension of the transition period of cross-border e-commerce supervision will end at the end of this year. Qian Fangli, Director of the Department of Electronic Commerce and Information Technology of the Ministry of Commerce, said that next year the general idea of "temporary supervision of personal goods" will continue.
On November 7, at a press conference on "E-commerce Import Promoting Consumption Upgrading" held during the First China International Import Expo (hereinafter referred to as "Entering the Expo"), Qian Fangli said that the CPC Central Committee and the State Council attached great importance to the development of cross-border e-commerce. At present, the Ministry of Commerce is working with relevant departments to improve the relevant policies on cross-border retail imports, as well as some regulatory programs after the transition period.
"We will adhere to the principle of encouraging innovation, inclusiveness and prudence, optimize and improve the regulatory measures in accordance with the overall idea of"temporary supervision of personal goods", while ensuring the overall stability of regulatory arrangements." Qian Fang Li said.
At the opening ceremony of the first China Expo held on May 5, President Xi Jinping pointed out that China will further reduce tariffs, improve the level of customs clearance and facilitation, reduce the institutional costs of import links, and accelerate the development of new business models such as cross-border e-commerce.
In April 2016, the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation jointly issued the Notice on the Tax Policy on the Retail Import of Cross-border E-Commerce, requiring that imports of cross-border E-Commerce Retail Imports should no longer be levied on the basis of "goods", but be levied on the basis of "goods", such as tariffs, value-added tax, consumption tax and so on, and be levied It has also been adjusted at the same time.
In May of the same year, the General Administration of Customs issued a circular specifying that during the one-year transition period from now on to May 11, 2017, 10 pilot cities will continue to supervise according to the regulatory requirements prior to the implementation of the new tax policy. After that, the transitional policy was further extended to the end of 2017 and extended to the end of 2018.
Luo Ying, director of Netease Koala Strategic Committee, said that the cross-border e-commerce import industry will continue to be regulated temporarily according to personal goods next year. It can be expected that there will be more stable, healthy and open policies in the industry next year. "I believe that in the second Expo next year, cross-border e-commerce importers will take advantage of the more open policy to bring more new brands and products to the Expo."
The fair has provided a broad stage for the development of e-commerce in China, especially cross-border electricity providers.
Qian Fangli introduced that since the opening of the Expo, nearly 100 e-commerce demonstration enterprises and more than 400 international brands in more than 30 countries and regions have achieved win-win cooperation by negotiating procurement. Commodities include new 3C, healthy household appliances, clothing and apparel, home life, cosmetics, cosmetics, health care, cereals, oils and foodstuffs, fresh and other eight categories of products. "We can proudly say that e-commerce enterprises are an important force active in the procurement corps of the First Expo." Qian Fang Li said.
Zeng Xiulian, a partner of Xiaohongshu, said that the Expo provides a Chinese solution for improving the supply chain of cross-border e-commerce. By directly completing procurement and reaching cooperation in the Expo, it ensures positive quality from the source of goods and reduces the cumbersome links between merchants'shipments and consumers. The Expo will enable consumers to enjoy a more convenient and assured authentic consumption experience on the electronic business platform.
At present, China's e-commerce has entered a mature period of improving quality and increasing efficiency. China has accounted for 4 seats in the world's ten largest e-commerce enterprises.
Qian Fangli said that e-commerce breaks through the time and space restrictions, reduces trade links, lowers trade barriers, improves trade efficiency, promotes new trade modes, creates opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises at home and abroad to participate in international trade, and e-commerce import has become an important measure of a new round of open cooperation.
In 2017, the total amount of goods released by the Customs cross-border e-commerce management platform reached 90.24 billion yuan, of which imports amounted to 56.59 billion yuan, an increase of 120% over the previous year. From January to August this year, the total amount of cross-border e-commerce imports checked and released by the Chinese Customs was 48.97 billion yuan, close to the level of last year.
Xing Yue, Vice President of Alibaba Group, said that the Expo sounded the rallying cry of the world's top brands and service providers. "In just five years, according to the data from our single platform, the import of imported brands has tripled, and the number of imported consumers who buy cross-border e-commerce has increased ten times."
The cross-border e-commerce platform plays an important role in linking brands and consumers. From the perspective of the whole e-commerce industry, more than 80% of brands entering the Chinese market through cross-border e-commerce platforms are the first to enter China. Xing Yue said that the biggest pain point for overseas brands is that they don't know the consumption trend in China, and the fast changing consumption habits of young Chinese are their headaches. The role of cross-border e-commerce platform is to give insight to Chinese consumers.
At present, the consumption of imported commodities, which is diversified and quality-oriented, continues to expand. Data show that in January to September, the retail sales of cosmetics, cereals, oils, food and clothing imported consumer goods ranked the top three, accounting for 33.6%, 22.2% and 13.8% of the retail sales of cross-border imported consumer goods respectively. In September this year, there were 3237 kinds of imported goods, which nearly doubled compared with the end of 2017.
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