China Cuts Tariffs on Consumer Goods

China has reduced import tariffs on 187 types of consumer goods from an average of 17.3 to 7.7 percent. The new import duties were announced this November 24th and became effective on December 1st.


Products covered by China’s latest tariff cuts include:

  • Food & beverage: certain types of cheese, nuts, dried fruits, and wine
  • Baby products: infant formula and diapers will have no import tariff
  • Sporting equipment: tariffs on skiing equipment will be cut from 14 to 7 percent
  • Consumer electronics: various home appliances and personal care gadgets
  • Cosmetics and personal hygiene: deodorants, hair styling products, and perfumes
  • Pharmaceuticals: various antibiotics
  • Clothing and accessories: certain types of shoes and scarves
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Why is China cutting tariffs?

  • To bring overseas and cross-border spending by Chinese consumers back home
  • To drive the broader goal of shifting the economy away from low-end manufacturing and exports, towards consumption-led growth
  • To confirm its expressed commitment to trade liberalisation


Who wins?

  • Foreign businesses already exporting to China or looking to enter the market, especially those selling to China via cross-border e-commerce
  • Consumers in China, who will be able to buy imported goods at lower prices and gain better access to products that are not widely manufactured domestically


Who loses?

  • Chinese consumer goods manufacturers, who will face stronger foreign competition
  • Chinese shopping agents, known as  “daigou”, who shop overseas on behalf of Chinese clients for products that are either not available or more expensive in China
  • Retailers overseas who profited from Chinese shopping tourists


What’s next?

In its bid to grow China’s domestic consumer market, we expect the government to continue introducing initiatives to facilitate market access for foreign consumer goods companies. One such measure is China’s first International Import Expo, organised by the Ministry of Commerce, which will take place in Shanghai in November, 2018.


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