New tariff rates on exports of six categories of textiles and of
energy-intensive metals have been confirmed. The introduction and
resumption of export tariffs for various goods had been announced
in principle earlier this month.
In the case of textiles, they are to address the concerns of
trading partners worried about the effect of removing quotas on
Chinese imports and to counter their anti-dumping measures.
From this Saturday, 148 items, including knitted and
non-knitted shirts, underwear and night clothes, overcoats, skirts
and trousers, will attract tariffs from 0.2 yuan to 0.3 yuan
(2.4-3.6 US cents) per piece or set of apparel. The duty will be
collected by quantity rather than value, in order to encourage
higher quality products. For clothing parts or accessories, the
tariff will be 0.5 yuan (6.0 US cents) per kilogram.
Other measures introduced by the Ministry of Commerce
include making textile companies report on their expansion plans,
encouraging them to invest abroad, and fostering the development of
Industry insiders also said the tariffs will have limited impact
on exports with higher values, but for producers of goods such as
briefs, the tariff will be a heavy blow.
The tariffs on exports of energy-intensive metals have been set
to discourage their production and help alleviate the country's
Beginning January 1, an export tax of 5 percent will be imposed
on aluminum exports and 2 percent for nickel, according to the
Ministry of Finance. For copper, the rate will be 10 percent for
blister and scrap copper and 5 percent for refined copper
The export tariff on aluminum had previously dropped to zero in
1999, while those on copper and nickel followed suit in 2000.
Analysts believe the move may also represent an attempt to rein
in investment in aluminum production, a sector thought by many to
(China Daily December 28, 2004)