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Customs & Import/Export

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Our customs and import/export group boasts a deep bench comprised of partners and associates from our offices located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and other business hubs. Many key members of the group have worked at local customs or customs colleges or been otherwise engaged in the customs and import/export sector for years before joining Zhong Lun. This has equipped the practice with rich industry-specific experience and sound rapport with China’s General Administration of Customs, its overseas offices and subordinated institutions nationwide, and trade associations, making the group ideally positioned to smooth the communication between our clients and China’s customs.


Our clientele include Fortune 500 companies, multinationals, China’s central enterprises, state-owned enterprises, and private companies, among others, that are active in a broad range of industries such as automobile, pharmacy, communications, electronics, logistics, energy, food, cosmetics, and luxury goods. Bolstered by its deep expertise, top-notch professionalism, and rich experience, our group has built a widely recognized profile in this area by helping domestic and foreign clients handle numerous tax disputes, customs inspections, and smuggling investigations.

Scope of Services

Services include:

  • Import/export duties counseling, tax planning, and advance ruling

  • Bonded business

  • Cross-border e-commerce compliance

  • Matters relating to free trade zones and other special customs supervision areas

  • Entry-exit inspection and quarantine

  • Non-tariff trade barriers

  • Banned imports and exports

  • Customs record filing and protection of intellectual property

  • Enterprise credit management and AEO certification counseling

  • Customs compliance health checks and customs compliance building

  • Customs inspections, verifications, and smuggling investigations

  • Administrative penalty, administrative reconsideration, and administrative litigation

  • Criminal defense

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