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China releases tax-free policies for cross-border e-commerce exports

Date: 2019-10-11

The Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation, Ministry of Commerce and General Administration of Customs recently co-released new tax policies for exported retail goods in cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones. Eligible exported goods in the pilot zones are able to enjoy exemption from added-value tax and consumption tax.

The requirements are as follows:

1. The e-commerce export companies have to be registered in the cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones, and fill out information including date of export, names of the goods, unit of measurement, quantity, price per unit, and amount of money on the online service platform of the pilot zones where the companies have been registered.

2. The exported goods go through e-commerce export declaration procedures at the customs region where the pilot zone is located.

3. The exported goods are not included in the list of goods that no longer enjoy tax refunds or tax exemptions released by the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation according to the decision of the State Council.

Authorities at the pilot zones are required to promote the communication and coordination of local departments and the implementation of the policies, accelerate the building of e-commerce export statistics and monitoring systems, and facilitate the healthy and rapid development of cross-border e-commerce.

Meanwhile, the General Administration of Customs will send regular electronic customs declaration information about e-commerce exported goods to the State Administration of Taxation. The tax departments of the pilot zones are required to strengthen tax exemption management of exported goods according to the electronic customs declaration information of exported goods cleared by the State Administration of Taxation. The specific tax exemption regulations are made by provincial taxation departments and commerce departments.

It is emphasized that the pilot zones previously mentioned refer to the cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones approved by the State Council, and the e-commerce export enterprises refer to the institutions or individually owned businesses that launch e-commerce export businesses via cross-border e-commerce sales platforms built by themselves or third-party cross-border e-commerce platforms.

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