China's overall tax on imported goods hits record low

Updated: Feb 26, 2021 Xinhua Print
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A customer selects products at the China-Japan-ROK Consumption Zone E-commerce Experience Center, Nov 30, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jingang/For China Daily]

BEIJING -- The overall tax rate on imported goods in China was slashed by more than a quarter during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), hitting an all-time low, the General Administration of Customs said Thursday.

The overall tax rate had dropped from 21.8 percent to 15.8 percent during the period, marking a decline of 27.5 percent, said Jiang Feng, an official with the GAC, adding that the huge decline was due to China significantly reducing its value-added tax and tariffs during the period.

However, the total amount of customs duties and taxes levied, mainly the VAT and consumption tax, on imported goods, saw an 8.7-percent growth to 8.99 trillion yuan (about $1.39 trillion) in the last five years, he said.

The growth indicates that China has substantially expanded imports during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, Jiang added.

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