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PROCEDURES FOR THE CONTROL OVER INSPECTION
OF IMPORTED HOME ELECTRIC APPLIANCES
jointly by the Ministry of Foreign
Economic Relations and Trade, the Ministry of
Commerce and the State Administration of Import
and Export Commodities Inspection on September 19, 1985)
SUBJECT: COMMODITY INSPECTION
ISSUING-DEPT: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN ECONOMIC RELATIONS & TRADE
LENGTH: 1060 words
These Measures are formulated in accordance with the Regulations on the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities of the People's Republic of China and its detailed implementing provisions, in order to strengthen the inspection and control of imported household electrical appliances.
(1) Imported household electrical appliances (meaning colour or black and white television sets, radio/cassette tape recorders, hi-fi systems, video-recorders, refrigerators, washing machines, air-conditioners, electric fans and the unassembled parts thereof) must be inspected within the period stipulated in the contract by a Commodity Inspection Bureau or inspection body approved by the Bureau. Without having undergone inspection, imported electrical household appliances in complete units are not permitted to be sold and unassembled parts are not permitted to be put into production on an assembly line.
(2) Imported household electrical appliances in complete units shall normally undergo inspection at the port of entry and unassembled parts shall undergo inspection at the assembly location. The receiver and end-user departments at the port of entry must, in accordance with the stipulated procedures, promptly apply to the local Commodity Inspection Bureau for inspection of the imported household appliances in complete units and only after the inspection by the Commodity Inspection Bureau or an inspection body approved by the Bureau has shown that the quality and performance of the goods conforms to the requirements stipulated in the contract, and a notice of the inspection results has been issued, may the receiver or end-user departments place the goods on the market for sale. Where unassembled parts of imported household electrical appliances are concerned, the receiver and end-user, after promptly declaring the goods to a Commodity Inspection Bureau, shall personally conduct an inspection and only after the parts have been proven to conform to the specified requirements and the results of the inspection have been reported to, examined and approved by the Commodity Inspection Bureau may the receiver and end-user departments put the unassembled parts into production on an assembly line.
(3) Should any appliance or part be found to be substandard after inspection by inspection bodies approved by Commodity Inspection Bureaux or by the receiver and end-user departments, thus making it necessary for a claim to be lodged against the foreign party, an application must be made to a Commodity Inspection Bureau for re-inspection or the issuing of a certificate of verification 20 days prior to the expiry of the term allowed for claims stipulated in the contract. The period for completion of inspection will be within 10 days of each application being made. A sufficient quantity of representative re-inspected samples, as well as typical evidence, photographs and other information concerning the goods subject to a claim must be retained for the handling of the claim against the foreign party.
(4) Where imported household electrical appliances in complete units or the unassembled parts thereof are a found to be in a damaged condition upon arrival at the port of entry, the receiver and end-user departments or forwarding agents must promptly request the Port Commodity Inspection Bureau to conduct a damage survey. Commodity Inspection Bureaux in inland areas normally do not conduct damage surveys, except in cases when they are notified by the Port Commodity Inspection Bureau to undertake exchange inspection for other areas and to provide inspection results.
(5) When Commodity Inspection Bureau or inspection bodies approved by the Bureau are carrying out their inspection duties, the units concerned shall actively co-operate, provide the necessary working conditions and be responsible for the tidying up of the work site where the sample-taking is carried out, as well as the repacking of the goods.
(6) Quality specifications, inspection standards and survey methods stipulated in the contract, form an important basis for inspection work. Therefore, provisions on quality inspection must be included in the contract when import contracts are signed with foreign firms.
(7) The various Commodity Inspection Bureaux will be in charge of supervision and control of the inspection of household electrical appliances imported within their respective area of jurisdiction. Upon the arrival of the imported household electrical appliances, foreign trade transportation departments must submit the waybill of each consignment of appliances to the Port Commodity Inspection Bureau, which, in turn, shall promptly transmit the waybill to the relevant Inland Commodity Inspection Bureau. In their inspection work, the receiver and end-user units and the inspection bodies approved by Commodity Inspection Bureaux shall accept the supervision and examination of Commodity Inspection Bureau and will be required to submit quarterly reports of claim results and quality analysis, etc., to the relevant Commodity Inspection Bureau.
(8) Commodity Inspection Bureau and inspection bodies approved by the Bureau shall collect fees for their inspection work in accordance with the relevant regulations on commodity inspection.
(9) Those who fail to report to a Commodity Inspection Bureau for inspection of imported household electrical appliances in complete units which, according to the provisions in these Measures, are required to be inspected by a Commodity Inspection Bureau or an inspection body approved by the Bureau; those receiver and end-user departments which fail to declare their findings to a Commodity Inspection Bureau after their inspection of unassembled parts of imported household electrical appliances, which fail to conduct inspection according to the standards stipulated in the contract, or which start unauthorised production without reporting the findings of their inspection; and those who arbitrarily change the name of imported household electrical appliances and avoid inspection by Commodity Inspection Bureau, will, according to the seriousness of each case, be sent a notice or be fined by the Commodity Inspection Bureau and those who violate criminal law will be dealt with by the judicial authorities.
(10) These provisional Measures shall come into force on October 1, 1985.