Recently, MEPSCC announced that the HS codes of some toxic chemicals restricted to be imported/exported were adjusted from 1 January 2017.
Detailed information of the amendments this time is as follows
Adjustment of List of Toxic Chemicals Restricted to be Imported/Exported
Compared with the List of Toxic Chemicals Restricted to be Imported/Exported (2014 version), amendments to the HS code of toxic chemicals this time are as follows:
1. Addition of two chemicals
Two chemicals are added into the List of Toxic Chemicals Restricted to be Imported/Exported in China. They are hexabromocyclododecane (item 49; HS code: 2903890020) and perfluorooctanesulfonamide (item 101; HS code: 2935500000).
2. Separation of chemicals in the same item and change of their HS code
Chemicals of three categories that were in the same item are now separated and their HS codes are redistributed accordingly. Although the number of those chemicals remains the same, the HS codes of those chemicals are changed. For instance:
a). In the original List, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, ammonium perfluorooctanesulfonate, lithium perfluorooctanesulfonate, potassium perfluorooctanesulfonate and perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride were in the same item (HS code: 2904209020). After the amendments, the above 5 chemicals are in 5 different items (item 52-item 56) and each of them has a new HS code (2904310000, 2904320000, 2904330000, 2904340000, 2904360000).
b). In the original List, tetraethylammonium perfluorooctanesulfonate and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid bis decyl two methyl ammonium were in the same item (HS code: 2923900013). After the amendments, the above 2 chemicals are in 2 different items (item 74-item 75) and each of them has a new HS code (2923300000, 2923400000).
c). In the original List, ethylperfluorooctanesulfonamide, N-Methyl perfluorooctanesulphonamide, 2-Perfluorooctylsulfonyl-N-ethylaminoethylalcohol and N-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-N-methylperfluorooctanesulfonamide were in the same item (HS code: 2935009033). After the amendments, the above 4 chemicals are in 4 different items (item 97-item 100) and each of them has a new HS code (2935100000, 2935200000, 2935300000, 2935400000).
3. Alteration of HS codes
Several HS codes have been changed directly in this adjustment. HS codes of 34 chemicals in the List of Toxic Chemicals Restricted to be Imported/Exported have been revised directly. For instance, in the original List, HS code of item 125 (Zirconium silicate), item 126 (Cacodylic acid), item 127 (sodium cacodylate) are same while they are merged into item 83 in the revised List. Meanwhile, the HS code has been changed from 2931909014 to 2931900014.
How to comply
Enterprises that import/export toxic chemicals shall pay special attention to HS codes of commodities when they apply for import registration certificates and import/export declarations. What is more, two new toxic chemicals are added into the List and the new List has already been implemented.
CIRS warmly prompts that the hexabromocyclododecane and other Perfluorooctanesulfonamide are required to apply for import registration certificate or import/export release permit from 1 January 2017, on the basis of relevant regulations on environmental management of toxic chemical import & export.
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