From January 1st this year, dark tea began to have its own separate import and export tariff number list, marking that dark tea has its own official import and export”ID number”, solving the problems that have plagued the dark tea industry for many years , Industrial development ushered in major benefits.
Customs data shows that as of the end of January this year, the export value of black tea declared under the newly added black tea tax number was nearly 30 million yuan, involving nearly 30 companies.”The establishment of a tax number for black tea has positive significance for our Wuzhou Liubao Tea in expanding overseas markets, increasing the brand’s international and domestic influence, and expanding exports.” Tan Tan, deputy manager of the international sales department of Wuzhou China Tea Tea Co., Ltd. Jialiang said happily.
Black tea is one of the six major teas in China, and its output ranks second. According to the statistics of the China Tea Circulation Association (hereinafter referred to as the China Tea Association):the national black tea output in 2019 was 378,100 tons, accounting for 13.54%of the country’s total tea output; the output value of the primary industry of black tea was about 17.7 billion yuan, accounting for the national tea 7.4%of the total output value of the primary industry. The main black tea producing areas are distributed in Hunan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Shaanxi and other provinces (autonomous regions). Dark tea plays a vital role in the targeted poverty alleviation of the tea industry and the implementation of the”village revitalization” strategy. In addition, as a kind of tea unique to our country, dark tea has a long history of foreign trade and a broad market foundation. However, the issue of no separate tax rules for dark tea has plagued industries and enterprises.
”Because of the lack of export tax codes, black tea can only be exported under the tax number of’other black tea’. Countries around the world have strong industrial protection policies for black tea, and the development of foreign trade has been hindered to a certain extent. Because there is no separate tax number, To a certain extent, it has affected the healthy development of black tea production and export trade, and has restricted domestic tea from opening up the international market.” said Mei Yu, secretary general of the China Tea Association.
With the increasing calls for the listing of black tea tariffs, the Tax Administration Bureau of the General Administration of Customs (Beijing-Tianjin) immediately took the initiative to connect with the China Tea Association and key enterprises to organize classified professionals after learning about industry-related demands Conduct an in-depth study on the current tea tax regulations.
Through hard work, the issue of black tea list has been successfully included in the customs annual key taxation research topics. According to the unified deployment of the General Administration of Customs, the Customs Administration of Customs (Beijing and Tianjin) led Nanning, Changsha, Kunming and other customs directly under the leadership to form a joint investigation team to conduct investigations, and went to Wuzhou City, Guangxi to investigate the production process of black tea, listen to the voices of black tea export enterprises, and understand Enterprises have difficulties in foreign trade. At the same time, the customs has also strengthened cooperation with the China Tea Association to understand the impact of the lack of a separate sub-item of black tea on the development of the industry, and to learn more about the relationship between black tea and other teas.”On the basis of field investigation and listening to industry experts’ opinions and suggestions, we also organized classified professionals to consult historical materials of the World Customs Organization Harmonized System, Chinese and English literature in the field of tea expertise, etc., organically integrate domestic tea standards with the Customs Harmonized System, and propose scientific The complete tariff adjustment proposal is to add national subheadings to black tea, and secondly change the Chinese name of the first subheading of tea from’semi-fermented tea’ to’partially fermented tea’.” The customs responsible for this work Cai Jingli, deputy director of the Customs Technology Department of the Tax Administration (Beijing-Tianjin), introduced. The General Administration of Customs reported to the Office of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council the necessity and significance of adding black tea subheadings and optimizing tea tariffs, and submitted relevant tariff adjustment suggestions. Eventually, black tea was successfully included in the 2021 Tariff Implementation Plan.
”Black tea is listed separately, realizing the breakthrough of”zero” in my country’s black tea import and export tariff code, which facilitates the customs to accurately count industry import and export data and reduce classification disputes. At the same time, it can also promote the export of Chinese black tea. Scale and standardization will help China’s tea supply-side structural reforms and enhance the international voice of China’s tea industry, which is of great epoch-making significance.” said Mei Yu, secretary general of the China Tea Association.
”In the next step, we will continue to track the development of the black tea export industry and pay close attention to the positive impact of the policy of adding black tea to the country’s sub-items on the development of the industry.” The relevant person in charge of the Tax Administration Bureau (Beijing and Tianjin), General Administration of Customs Say.