Apple urges suppliers to follow old Chinese customs rules on labeling “Taiwan” in further fallout from Pelosi’s visit

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The Nikkei newspaper reported on Friday that US tech giant Apple has asked its suppliers to strictly comply with Chinese mainland customs regulations and avoid labeling products from the island of Taiwan as “Made in Taiwan”.

In other possible economic repercussions of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan, the Chinese mainland appears to be moving to tighten enforcement of labeling rules on imports from the island, indicating that the mainland will not allow any ambiguity on the Taiwan issue. Experts noted all aspects, including the economic and commercial sphere.

According to reports, mainland authorities have begun to tighten enforcement of the rule that parts and components made in Taiwan must be marked as made in either “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” to avoid holding shipments for scrutiny.

Apple’s warning came on the heels of another media report that shipments to Apple’s Pegatron Corp. plant in Suzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, were being held for scrutiny by Chinese customs, to see if there was a violation of labeling rules. But Pegatron denied the news, saying its plant in Suzhou was operating normally and no shipping disruptions had occurred, according to Bloomberg. Apple is not available for comment on Saturday.

In fact, in early 1999, the General Administration of Customs of China had already stipulated that goods and their packaging with labeled content that violated the one-China principle would not be allowed to be imported or exported. This means that the mainland’s regulations regarding the management of certificate of origin and labeling in cross-strait trade have been enforced for many years.

Zhao Lingyun, an expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, told the Global Times on Saturday that the tightening of the labeling rule could affect not only Apple suppliers, but all those who send shipments from the island of Taiwan to the mainland. .

According to Gao, the application of the labeling rule has not been very strict in the past. Since the Taiwan authorities also require that all exported goods made on the island be called “Taiwan” or the so-called “Republic of China”, many exporters from Taiwan used to label boxes loaded with goods as “Taiwan, China” after leaving the ports of China, Gao said. Taiwan to avoid regulations.

“If the mainland authorities tighten enforcement of the rule, it may increase the possibility of mainland customs confiscation of shipments from Taiwan Island,” Gao noted.

Despite concerns about trade barriers, this is more like a stance to emphasize the one-China principle to the cross-strait business community after Pelosi’s visit, Mi Xinyu, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce. , to the Global Times on Saturday.

Pelosi’s visit to the island and leaders of the separatist Democratic Progressive Party have pushed the Taiwan question to the brink of confrontation. Against this background, the labeling rule actually tells Taiwanese businessmen that they have to choose, Mi pointed out.

After Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island of Taiwan, Chinese mainland customs authorities on Wednesday stopped the entry of citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemon and orange, as well as two types of fish from the island, in accordance with regulations and food safety requirements. The mainland’s exports of natural sand used in construction to the island have been banned.

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