What are the China inbound taxes (VAT and import duty) for building materials?

My company is a Hong Kong based SMB, decoration material supplier, representing a several overseas brands. Would like to know the import duty and VAT rate for importing Japanese/ Italian products into China for tile, mosaic and as such building material. HS codes 69079000 and 69089000. 

HS code 69079000 and 69089000 have in import duty for 12% for preferential counties like US.  You mentioned the tiles may come from Italy and Japan. The low rate of 12% is also applicable for those countries. Import VAT is 17% for everybody.

In a separate email you asked about licensing. The rules can be interpreted in different ways by different officials at the port, but according to our research it appears there is no special licensing to import these goods. But you may need to show certificates of origin that the product is really from Italy or Japan.  The situation can change daily, so consult your logistics and customs broker before your goods set sail to China.


Question answered by Mike Bellamy.

Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions.

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