New customs regulations for China

New regulations for shipments to and within China are now in effect. Additional shipper/consignee/notify party information is required and must be submitted electronically prior to flight departure.  

In order to meet these new requirements, we’ve listed below the information you will need to submit prior to lodgment. 

This additional information is required for both the Master Airway Bill (MAWB) and House Airway Bill (HAWB). HAWB data will be mandatory for consolidated shipments. 

Additional data must be included within the applicable sections of FWB/16 and FHL/4 Cargo IMP messages.

PLEASE NOTE:  
All details must be supplied electronically by the agent or shipper prior to lodgment at the CTO. CTOs will not be able to validate or add this information at time of lodgment. 

Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in delays in import clearance in China. 

Please ensure all air waybills are completed correctly prior to uplift as an amendment fee of $80 may apply.

The new requirements for FWB and FHL cover three areas: 

  1. Additional information for the Shipper, Consignee and Notify Party 
  2. Other Customs informtion (OCI)  
  3. Detailed description of goods


1. Shipper, Consignee & Notify details 

Shipper's country ISO code (AU for Australia) 
Contact details using following codes: TE – phone; FX - fax, EM - email  

Consignee's whole name 
Consignee's country ISO code (CN for China) 
Contact details using following codes: TE – phone; FX - fax, EM - email 

Notify Party (if applicable) 
Consignee's whole name and address 
Consignee's country ISO code (CN for China) 
Contact details using following codes: TE – phone; FX - fax, EM - email 

2. Other Customs information (OCI)  
Additional information must be included in the Other Customs, Security and Regulatory Control Information (OCI) line of FWB/16 and FHL/4. 

Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) identifiers for select destinations are listed below: 

United Kingdom - GB - COMPANY NUMBER or VAT NUMBER 
United States of America - US – EIN or CIK 
Japan - JP - CIK or LEI 
Hong Kong - HK - TRADE REGISTER NUMBER 
Chile - CL - RUT 
Fiji - FJ - LEI 
New Zealand - NZ - COMPANY NUMBER 
Papua New Guinea - PG - TRADE REGISTER NUMBER 
South Africa - ZA - VAT NUMBER or ENTERPRISE NUMBER 

Shipper line OCI example: 
OCI/AU/SHP/T/ABN123456789 
OCI = Line Identifier 
AU = ISO Country Code 
SHP = Information Identifier 
T = Trader Identifier 
ABN123456789 = Consignee's Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) 

- For Australian businesses, this can be the company ABN or ACN 
- If shipper is an individual, Passport number or other country-approved and issued photo ID (e.g Drivers License). 
If passport the USCI is to be prefixed with "PASSPORT" + passport number e.g PASSPORT123456H
If other ID then the USCI is to be prefixed with "ID" + number e.g ID5678L

Example OCI line format requirements 
Consignee: 
OCI/CN/CNE/T/USCI123456789 
OCI = Line Identifier 
CN = ISO Country Code 
CNE = Information Identifier 
T = Trader Identifier 
USCI123456789 = Consignee's Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) 

Notify Party (if applicable) 
OCI/CN/CNE/T/USCI234567890 
OCI = Line Identifier 
CN = ISO Country Code 
CNE = Information Identifier 
T = Trader Identifier 
USCI234567890 = Consignee's Unified Social Credit Identifier (USCI) 


Consigneee contact name
/CN/CNE/KC/MICHAEL XU
OCI = lINE IDENTIFIER
CN = ISO Country Code
CNE = Information Identifier
KC = Name Identifier
Michael XU = Consignee name

Specified Consignee contact person phone number
/CN/CNE/U/333333333
OCI = Line Identifier
CN = ISO Country Code
CNE = Information Identifier
U = Used for Phone Identifier
333333333 = Consignee contact number



3. Description of goods 

Information included in the description of the goods must be specific, not generic and must describe the goods being transported. For instance, ‘Agricultural Products’ is not acceptable, and instead would need to describe the specific nature of the goods – for example ‘Strawberries’.  

Other examples include: 
'Appliances' would be unacceptable. Instead you would need to specify 'TV set'. 
Similarly, "tools' would be unacceptable. Instead you would need to specify 'screwdrivers'. 
All additional information needs to be included in electronic format as follows: 

Key Message Change elements
FWB/16 items: 
Shipper > Contact detail 
Consignee > Contact detail 
Also Notify (if applicable) > Contact detail 
Other Customs, Security and Regulatory Control Information (OCI) 

FHL/4 items: 
Other Customs, Security and Regulatory Control Information (OCI) 
Shipper > Contact detail 
Consignee > Contact detail 

Example of new information to be included can be seen below: 
FWB/16 
081-51710761SYDPVG/T1K59 
FLT/QF129/19 
RTG/PVGQF 
SHP
/JOHN SMITHS FORWARDING PTY LTD 
/1 SYDNEY ROAD 
/SYDNEY/NSW 
/AU/2000/TL/0061296911051 
CNE 
/CHINA IMPORTS SHANGHAI LTD 
/NO 100 CUSTOMS BONDED WAREHOUSE 
/SHANGHAI 
/CN/201202/TE/514844611 
AGT//0231111/1111 
/JOHN SMITHS FORWARDING PTY LTD 
/NSW 2000 
NFY/CHINA IMPORT BROKERS 
/NO 1 CUSTOMS BONDED WAREHOUSE 
/SHANGHAI/SHANGHAI 
/CN/201202/TE/6566000 
ACC/GEN/AC44GFPTT 
/GEN/EF 5200710336 
CVD/AUD//PP/NVD/NCV/XXX  
RTD/1/P1/K59/CQ/W148.5/R5/T742.5 
/NG/CONSOLIDATION 
/2/NG/ATTACHED LIST 
PPD/WT742.5 
/CT742.5 
CER/JOHN SMITHS PTY 
ISU/17MAY18/SYDNEY/GEORGE SMITH 
REF//SAE11111E4/AGT/SMITHS/SYD 
OCI/AU/SHP/T/ABN12345678901   
/CN/CNE/T/USCI110108200001019832 
/CN/NFY/T/USCI110108200001019832
/CN/CNE/KC/MICHAEL XU
/CN/CNE/U/333333333


FHL/4 
MBI/081-51710761SYDPVG/T1K59  
HBS/SYD52263672/SYDPVG/1/K59.0/1/SEMICONDUCTOR 
TXT/SEMICONDUCTOR PART 
OCI/AU/SHP/T/ID123456789 
/CN/CNE/T/ID110108200001019832 
/CN/CNE/KC/STEVEN LIM
/CN/CNE/U/5148111111
SHP/APPLIED MATERIALS
/10801 GILES ROAD 
/SYDNEY/NSW 
/AU/2000/TE/61296911051 
CNE/APPLIED MATERIALS SOUTHWEST ASIA 
/1390 ZONGER ROAD 
/XIAN 
/CN/710119/TE/5148446311