NEW YORK A document
detailing various initiatives set forth in "Operation Green
Fence" has been released by the Chinese government, offering
the first official explanation of the nations increased
enforcement and supervision on imports of raw materials.
The document, obtained by
AMM, highlights changes to procedural rules for select
examinations and field inspections, and states that initiatives
associated with "Green Fence" will no longer be enacted after
Nov. 30, 2013.
In recent months, exporters have
expressed confusion over why certain companies have experienced
increased supervision and inspection of material, and several
sources told AMM they believe customs officials are
carrying out inspections randomly.
"Its the strangest thing,"
one exporter said. "One container will get rejected, while the
other containerholding the same type of
materialwill get accepted."
According to the document,
titled "The Action of Green Fence," certain companies will
experience stepped-up supervisions and random field inspections
if the government believes the company previously made false or
deceptive declarations, provided false or misleading
information about the contents or weight of shipments, or had
attempted to smuggle prohibited goods into the country.
It also stipulates that
"production-oriented enterprises" who pose a "high degree of
risk" or are "newly established" will experience field
inspections on 100 percent of shipments received into port.
Selective examination for Class AA enterprises will be
inspected no less than 10 percent of the time, while Class A
enterprises with "good reputations" will be inspected no less
than 20 percent of the time, the document states.
Increased inspections will be
carried out on material shipped from Europe, Japan, South
Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the United States, according to
Several exporters previously
told AMM that shipping material through Hong Kong and
Vietnam was the best way to avoid stepped-up inspections in
Chinese ports (
amm.com, April 24). According to the government,
customs officials are aware of the loophole and are attempting
to cast a wider net on inspections.
"It is necessary to pay close
attention to the risks of using the transit shipment in Hong
Kong or Vietnam," the document states, adding that special
attention must be paid to material shipped through the Pearl
River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai Rim region, as well
as Guangdong province and the Guangxi region.