Annual China Customs & Trade workshop: Navigating a trade protectionism environment unparalleled in modern history

January and February 2019, Mainland China and Hong Kong

By invitation only



The year of 2018 has been a year of turbulence for global trade with trade protectionism sentiment on the rise. In November 2018, the WTO has released a report showing a sharp rise in global trade restrictive measures 6 times higher than in the previous reporting period and is unparalleled in its recording history. The US has withdrawn or planned to withdraw from a number of international organisations. A Brexit deal is yet to be reached. US-China trade tension is still ongoing with challenging negotiations ahead in less than 90 days. All these factors render a very unpredictable world trade environment which will likely carry forward to 2019 and beyond.

On the other hand, the same WTO report also shows a significant increase in trade facilitation measures. In China, unwavering efforts have been made by the Government in implementing many trade facilitations, such as Customs-CIQ integration, advance ruling mechanism, special import interim duty, export VAT refund adjustments, duty collection centre upgrade, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)/Customs Enterprise Creditability Grading programmes, etc.

As there are more measures at both extreme ends, trade barriers on one end and facilitation initiatives on the other, being rolled out, companies capable of maximising utilisation of trade facilitations (e.g. AEO, FTAs) and minimising restrictive implications could find themselves gaining significant competitive advantage and quickly pulling away from competition. Companies that are not closely following these trends and not upgrading trade operations could quickly find themselves lagging behind in today’s fast changing trade environment. What has been working in the past may not be efficient/effective in today’s trade environment, and there is no other time more important than now for companies to increase resources in improving trade operations in order to stay ahead and prevent from falling behind. With so many initiatives being rolled out, keeping up to date and wisely identifying/focusing resources on relevant programmes would be the key beginning to a successful business for the future.

In this workshop, we will share with you an update of the latest measures implemented in China, as well as an outlook of the potential key changes, risks and opportunities in the field of customs and international trade so that you may smartly plan ahead and improve your customs and trade operation.



Tariff measures

  • Annual tariff implementation programme
  • Duty reduction in 2018
  • China-US trade tension
  • Customs advance ruling
  • Free Trade Agreements and country of origin
  • Customs valuation

Non-tariff measures

  • E-commerce
  • AEO / Customs Enterprise Creditability
    Grading Certification
  • Customs declarations

Customs integration and reform

  • Customs-CIQ merger
  • Customs clearance integration
  • Duty collection centre upgrade

Case sharing



One-on-one client consultation can also take place on a first-come first-served basis.


Event details

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Beijing 11 January 2019 (Friday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Beijing Room 1+2, 26/F Office Tower A, Beijing Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, PRC
Shanghai 16 January 2019 (Wednesday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Yellow River/Heilong River/Yangzi River Room, 5/F DBS Tower, 1318 LuJiaZui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, PRC
Tianjin 18 January 2019 (Friday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Tianjin Room, 36/F The Exchange Tower Two 189 Nanjing Road, Heping District Tianjin, PRC
Guangzhou 22 January 2019 (Tuesday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Tianhe Room 2&3, 18/F PricewaterhouseCoopers Center 10 Zhujiangxi Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, PRC
Shenzhen 23 January 2019 (Wednesday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Shenzhen Room 2 34/F Tower A, Kingkey 100, 5016 Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen, PRC




Shanghai 17 January 2019 (Thursday)
Registration: 1.30pm
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
Huangpu River, 5/F DBS Tower, 1318 LuJiaZui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, PRC
Hong Kong 18 February 2019 (Monday)
Registration: 1.30pm 
Seminar: 2pm - 5pm
PwC Executive Conference Centre, 21/F Edinburgh Tower, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, PRC




Who should participate?

Anyone with responsibility for managing customs and international trade operations is welcomed. This may include heads of finance, tax, procurement, supply-chain, customs compliance, logistics, operation and import/export directors and managers.



Should you have any questions, please enquire the contact person of each run.

Beijing / Tianjin

Du Jie

Tel: +[86] (10) 6533 3027

Fax: +[86] (10) 6533 8800




Even Zhu

Tel: +[86] (21) 2323 2604

Fax: +[86] (21) 2323 8800




Winnie Wu

Tel: +[86] (20) 3819 2644

Fax: +[86] (20) 3819 2100



Shenzhen / Hong Kong

Julie Zhu

Tel: +[86] (755) 8261 8765

Tel: +[86] (755) 8261 8800