According to the Interim Measures for the Administration of Import Tariff Quotas for Agricultural Products [5.75 -0.17% Shares Research Report] (Ministry of Commerce, Development and Reform Commission Order No. 4, 2003), the Ministry of Commerce has formulated the implementation rules for the management of import tariff quotas for wool and wool tops in 2013. The announcement is as follows:
1. In 2013, the total import tariff quota for wool was 287,000 tons; the total import tariff quota for tops was 80,000 tons.
Second, in 2013, the import tariff quotas for wool and wool tops will be allocated first-time. Applicants apply for import tariff quotas for wool and tops (including processing trade) on wool, tops import contracts and related materials. The authorized department of the Ministry of Commerce issues the "Agricultural Import Tariff Quota Certificate" for eligible applicants. When the total amount of distribution reached the total amount of wool and tops tariff quotas in 2013, the Ministry of Commerce authorized the organization to stop accepting applications.
Third, the application conditions
(1) Enterprises holding the 2012 quotas for wool and tops, and having an import performance (hereinafter referred to as those with actual performance) or newly-built enterprises with an annual processing capacity of 5,000 tons or more of wool and tops (hereinafter referred to as “no actual applicants”) ;
(2) Enterprises registered with the administrative department for industry and commerce before January 1, 2013, and passed the most recent annual review;
(3) There were no violation records of customs, industry and commerce, taxation, quality inspection, foreign exchange, social security and environmental protection in the previous year;
(4) There is no violation of the Interim Measures for the Administration of Import Tariffs on Agricultural Products, the Regulations on the Administration of Import Tariffs and Quotas for Wool and Tops in 2012, and the Regulations on the Administration of Customs Tariff Quotas for Imports of Wool and Tops in 2012.
4. Applicants for tariff quotas that meet the above conditions shall submit an application to the Ministry of Commerce authorized by the Ministry of Commerce (the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission in Beijing directly to the Quota License Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce, the same below) with the wool and top import contract. Applicants should truthfully fill out the “Application Form for Import Tariff Quota for Wool and Tops” (see Annex 1), and provide the above-mentioned relevant materials to the authorized agencies of the Ministry of Commerce when applying for the first time in the year.
Applicants without actual performance must first provide the competent department's approval documents for project construction (project proposal or feasibility study report) and completion acceptance report. After approval by the Ministry of Commerce, they can submit the application for import tariff quotas for wool and tops in 2013.
5. Applicants for tariff quotas may obtain the “Application Form for Import Tariff Quota for Wool and Tops” from the Ministry of Commerce website or http://www.mofcom.gov.cn/.
6. Applicants with actual performance may apply for tariff quotas multiple times during the year, but the number of quotas for wool and tops that have been applied for before September 30, 2013 shall not exceed the number of imports under the same trade mode in 2012. The quantity of imports shall be calculated according to the cumulative quantity (the same below) of the “Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate” received by the authorized agency of the Ministry of Commerce and written off on the Internet and signed by the customs.
7. After September 30, 2013, if the total amount of tariff quotas has not been applied for, the number of people who have obtained quotas has completed the import quantity specified in Article 6. After approval by the Ministry of Commerce, they can continue to apply for import quotas; Applicants with no performance can submit a quota application, and the number of applications does not exceed the approved amount.
8. After the application of the application by the authorized department of the Ministry of Commerce, if it meets the requirements of Articles 3, 6 and 7 after being examined, it shall be reported in time through the computer network system of the Ministry of Commerce. The application order is subject to the display of the management network terminal of the Ministry of Commerce.
9. After receiving the complete online application, the Ministry of Commerce shall notify the authorized department of the Ministry of Commerce on the Internet within 5 working days.
10. After receiving the approval notice, the authorized department of the Ministry of Commerce shall issue the Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate to the end users within 5 working days as approved by the Ministry of Commerce. If the certificate is not issued, the system will recover the relevant number of applications and deduct the amount that the enterprise can claim in the current year.
11. The Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate shall be valid for 3 months from the date of issuance, and shall not exceed 31 December 2013 at the latest.
12. For shipments from the port of origin before December 31, 2013, which need to arrive in the following year, holders of tariff quotas must hold the shipping documents and valid “import tariff quotas for agricultural products” before December 31. The application period for the extension of the authorization of the Ministry of Commerce to the extension of the extension of the Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate shall not exceed the end of February 2014 at the latest.
13. During the period of validity of the Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate, if the tariff quota holder has not used or has not used up the already applied tariff quota, the original tariff quota certificate shall be returned to the authorized agency of the Ministry of Commerce for issuing the certificate. The authorized department of the Ministry of Commerce shall, in time, write off the used quantity in the system and return the unused quantity, and indicate and keep it for future reference in the remarks column of the original "Agricultural Product Import Tariff Quota Certificate". The Ministry of Commerce shall recover the remaining quotas listed in the tariff quota certificate and include the remaining quotas for wool and tops. The latest return date for tariff quotas that cannot be completed in the current year shall not exceed September 15, 2013. Those who fail to return on time will be treated as unfinished imports, and the amount that can be claimed in 2014 will be deducted.
14. The holder of the tariff quota shall issue the original copy of the “Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate” signed by the customs (the consignee handles the customs formalities) within 20 working days after the customs formalities for the import of goods are completed. Authorized by the Ministry of Commerce. Authorized agencies of the Ministry of Commerce shall promptly write off the system and keep the originals. The latest verification period for the extension of the Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate shall not exceed March 31, 2014. Those who fail to write off on time, as if they have not completed the import, deduct the amount that can be claimed in 2014.
15. For the falsification of contracts or materials to defraud the "Agricultural Products Import Tariff Quota Certificate", the relevant provisions of the "Interim Measures for the Administration of Import Tariffs for Agricultural Products" shall be punished.
16. For the forgery, alteration or sale of the "Agricultural Import Tariff Quota Certificate", in accordance with the relevant laws, the criminal liability shall be investigated for the crime of illegal business or the crime of forging, altering or trading the official documents, certificates and seals of state organs. If the holder of the tariff quota has the above-mentioned behavior, the Ministry of Commerce and the authorized agency of the Ministry of Commerce will no longer accept applications for tariff quotas for imported agricultural products within two years.