New declaration procedure in Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) for import transfer cargo

Important instructions: New customs declaration procedure in China for import transfer cargo via PEK and PVG.

A shipper, or a forwarding company on the shipper’s behalf, must fill in the attached Import Transfer Cargo Declaration for each import cargo shipment (AWB/HAWB) going via Beijing (PEK) or Shanghai (PVG) to any other city in China.

In the Declaration form you must provide the following information: 

  • HS Code 
  • Commodity Description (in Chinese)
  • Piece
  • Weight
  • Price
  • Name of currency 

Failure to provide this information will result in the shipment being stopped by the Beijing/Shanghai Customs. 

Full instructions for shipper/forwarding company at origin station:

1. Fill in the Import Transfer Cargo Declaration and attach the paper form to the air waybill. (Note! Signature in the column ‘Signature of Declarer’ must be handwritten.)

2. Once done, email the form to:

Always remember: 

  • One air waybill per Import Transfer Cargo Declaration, sent together in one email. 
  • Email subject must be the air waybill number. 
  • The form should be in Excel format.
  • The form contents must match the paper copy, but the 'Signature of Declarer' may be typed instead of handwritten.

If a form is not attached to the AWB upon arrival, the shipment will not be forwarded unless a signed and completed copy is provided. If the form with the required declaration information is not provided, then an overdue fine will be charged 14 days after shipment arrival.

Should a shipper need assistance, e.g. with trade names, which must be in Chinese, they are advised to communicate with the consignee.

Please note that it is mandatory for shippers to attach the packing list and invoice (commodity in Chinese) to the paper AWB for each import transfer cargo via Shanghai to a domestic destination in China.