China’s overall tax on imported goods hits record low

BEIJING (XINHUA) – The overall tax rate on imported goods in China was slashed by more than a quarter during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), hitting an all-time low, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said yesterday.

The overall tax rate had dropped from 21.8 per cent to 15.8 per cent during the period, marking a decline of 27.5 per cent, said Jiang Feng, an official with the GAC, adding that the huge decline was due to China significantly reducing its value-added tax (VAT) and tariffs during the period.

However, the total amount of customs duties and taxes levied, mainly the VAT and consumption tax, on imported goods, saw an 8.7-per-cent growth to CNY8.99 trillion (about USD1.39 trillion) in the last five years, he said.

The growth indicates that China has substantially expanded imports during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, Jiang added.