Monday, June 23, 2008

New export procedures for fireworks shipments ex-Shanghai

Last week, Shanghai CIQ announced that all fireworks containers leaving Shanghai port must be surveyed and sealed by respective local CIQ authorities at place of loading. This announcement came just before it was announced that Shanghai would stop all fireworks shipments from 1st July 2008.

Under the new requirements, containers must be surveyed by CIQ authorities in a CIQ-authorised facility, all documents must be checked to comply with export documentation and container closed with CIQ seal.

At the moment it is unclear how various CIQ offices in Hunan and Jiangxi will set up their inspection systems to facilitate containers being exported from Shanghai. Since Shanghai has stopped accepting fireworks containers as of July 1st, it probably will not be known until the next few months.

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