Recently, the General Administration of Customs of P.R. China (GAC) launched a pilot reform of two-step custom clearance on imported goods in regional customs such as Hangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Huangpu, Shenzhen and so on. 

Under the new two-step clearance mode, importers do not have to submit all required information and documents one time; instead, they can submit just essential information in their bills of lading to complete summary clearance (first-step clearance) and take their goods away; and within 14 days when the transportation vehicle is reported to arrive at customs, importers should finish the rest of the whole clearance process (second-step clearance). This new two-step clearance process saves time for imported goods to stay at customs, greatly enhances custom working efficiency and helps importers dramatically cut their costs. 

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