Us tech giant Apple has ordered its suppliers to strictly abide by Chinese customs rules when supplying goods from Taiwan to the mainland, amid criticism over a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. As of press time on Friday, Apple has not commented on the report.
Apple has told its suppliers that Chinese customs requires components made in Taiwan to be labeled "Taiwan, China" or "Taipei, China" when they enter the mainland, Nikkei Asia reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Apple urged its suppliers to take the matter seriously and avoid any disruption to their supplies. Apple suppliers are currently preparing components for the new iPhone and other new Apple products this fall, the report said. If the place of manufacture of goods is marked as "Taiwan" on import documents, forms or on packing cases, Chinese customs could detain goods for inspection, with a Rmb4,000 fine or refusal to clear customs, the sources said.
To avoid logistical chaos and potential supply chain disruptions, Apple also requires suppliers to make contingency plans, review current packing cases and related forms and make necessary changes, the people added.
The South Korean newspaper Asia Economics reported on Thursday that CHINA had required the labeling OF imported products made in TAIWAN as early as 2015, requiring them to be labeled as "TAIWAN PROVINCE OF CHINA" (CHINA or CHINESE TAIWAN), "CHINESE Taipei", The words "Taiwan" or "Taipei" may not be used alone.
Wu Guoxiong, director of the customs business committee of Guanghe Law Firm in Guangdong, told the Global Times on Wednesday that China's foreign trade law clearly stipulates that imported products must not harm national security, and that goods involving violence and pornography are also prohibited, while national sovereignty interests need to be protected. (Ni Hao Zhen Xiang)