China Bonded Warehousing and Cross-border eCommerce Tax Reform

TMO Group

The original version of this article was written in 2018. We monitor the situation with the bonded warehouses in China, keeping this material up to date. Latest version was updated in February 2022. It’s never been easier to sell to China from abroad than now. The Chinese government has made a concerted effort to simplify …

Top 5 Chinese Cross-Border eCommerce Platforms in 2022

Thomas Price

We have published the first version of this article in the beginning of 2020, not too long after China’s new eCommerce Law went into effect in 2019, when all the major cross-border eCommerce platforms have finished their transition to full compliance. Since then we have been updating this post yearly, tracking the changes that happened …

5 China Cross Border eCommerce Myths

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The cross-border eCommerce market is growing in many countries, especially in countries in South East Asia, China and India. There are more and more solutions and services for merchants, entry thresholds getting lower and lower. Yet, when it comes to actually starting a cross-border eCommerce business, there is still an air of insurmountable challenge, of …

RCEP Asia-Pacific Trade Deal a Boost to Cross-Border eCommerce

Thomas Price

After more than six years of negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed between the ten members of ASEAN and China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. This partnership forms the world’s largest trade agreement. The RCEP acts to unite and reinforce several existing Asia-Pacific trade deals and close gaps where none …

Chinese Cross-Border eCommerce: Legal Expert Interview

Thomas Price

Although 2020 has obviously been difficult for much of the world, Chinese cross-border eCommerce is one of the areas that has managed to perform well. Cross-border eCommerce (CBEC) in the country has experienced growth, even as most industries in China and the world shrunk in response to the global crisis. According to customs data from …

Cross-Border eCommerce in China: Get up to Speed

Thomas Price

Chinese cross-border eCommerce has become an opportunity few brands want to pass up. For years, accessing the China market meant big investments and jumping through complicated hoops. But cross-border eCommerce in China has opened up new, easier paths in many cases. Building on this, the government is offering more and more support for cross-border channels …

Cross-Border eCommerce: Selling Cosmetics to China

Thomas Price

China became the world’s second largest market for cosmetics back in 2013. However, some major brands have still chosen to stay out of the China market for a number of reasons. These reasons include the complicated license approval process, high costs associated with the general trade model, and a requirement on domestic brands that they …

China eCommerce Positive List: “Import Cosmetics for the first time” & More

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The “Positive List” issued by the Chinese government regulates the products one can import to China via the cross-border eCommerce model. On the surface, this list seems simple to understand. However, many still have questions regarding the “Positive List”. For example: What does this text in the “Remarks” column refer to? Why do I have to …

Entering China’s Market for Foreign Health Supplements in 2020

Thomas Price

This article was published in the lead up to our China Health & Food Supplements Industry Report, available for free right now. How can foreign health supplements brands successfully enter the China market? What are the best-suited channels and strategies for this? Looking at the challenges involved and effectiveness of several approaches, TMO has put …

China Cross Border eCommerce: Custom Clearance Step by Step

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Customs clearance has always been an important part of “Sell to China via cross border eCommerce” journey: only by passing the custom clearance can assure your imported products arrive at your customer’s door safe and sound. Every retailer expects to avoid custom clearance delays, hence to keep update with the latest requirements and policies of …