Component Introduction

China became the biggest national exporter in the global economy in 2009. In the period from Jan to Nov. 2010, China's total exports valued at US$ 1424 billion, up 33% over the same period of previous year; total imports US$ 1253 billion, up 40%. EU continued to be China's biggest trading partner throughout this growth. In order to manage its rapidly expanding import and export trade meet its WTO commitments, China is modernizing its customs law and administration.

Key challenges for customs modernisation include ensuring the facilitation of trade while maintaining sufficient security of the supply chains, maximizing efficiency of customs control and the application of post clearance audits. China customs have prioritized customs related trade facilitation issues and modernization of customs control system to ensure growth and competitiveness. The EU customs blueprint provides a basis for capacity building in this field and will be used for support the reform process of China customs. This component will support EU-China Customs cooperation agreements, follow closely the priorities of the related EU-China trade dialogues and address horizontal issues such as trade statistics and import and export regulatory issues.

Technical Assistance support activities for this component will include:

  • support for the reform process of China customs,
  • transfer good practice for improving customs regulatory systems,
  • improving efficiency and effectiveness of customs control system,
  • simplification and modernization of customs procedures, strengthening cooperation with the business communities,
  • strengthening China's involvement in WTO-DDA TF negotiations and strengthening China's implementation of WTO commitments in the area of import/export regulation and customs procedures,
  • Strengthening administration of customs and customs related trade facilitation issues and strengthen cooperation in the area of EU-China external trade statistics.

Implementation of activities will aim to achieve the following results:

  • Business environment improved as a result of improved efficiency and effectiveness of customs and import and export goods through simplified procedures,
  • Elimination of duplication and redundancy, reduced transaction costs and time to clear goods as well as increased transparency and accountability in line with international rules and norms.
  • More efficient risk based controls strengthened administrative capacity and advanced the reform process of China customs and related agencies involved in the control of goods.
  • Improved external trade statistics system improved, EU-China data is more comparable and discrepancies are explained.


Team Introduction

Madam Li Yan – Component Expert
Madam Li Yan is a customs expert with 34 years of professional experince working as a senior civil servant for China's General Administration of Customs and at the Chinese Misson to the EC in Brussels. She has extensive experience in working to modernise China's external trade statistics and customs procedures to ensure compliance with international standards and to promote trade facilitation and security.