Apple urges suppliers to follow longstanding Chinese customs rules on “Taiwan” labeling in another upshot of Pelosi’s visit

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U.S. tech giant Apple has asked its suppliers to strictly abide by Chinese mainland customs regulations and avoid labeling products from the island of Taiwan as “made in Taiwan”, reported Friday the Nikkei.

In another possible economic spinoff from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island of Taiwan, the Chinese mainland appears keen to tighten enforcement of labeling rules on imports from the island, indicating that the mainland will not allow any ambiguity on the issue of Taiwan. on all aspects, including in the economic and trade sphere, the experts noted.

According to reports, mainland authorities have begun to tighten enforcement of a rule that parts and components made in Taiwan must be labeled as made in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” to prevent shipments from be selected for review.

Apple’s warning follows another media report that shipments to Apple’s supplier Pegatron Corp’s factory in Suzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, were subject to a scrutiny by Chinese customs, to see if there is a violation of labeling regulations. But Pegatron denied the report, saying its Suzhou plant was operating normally and there were no disruptions to shipments, according to Bloomberg. Apple is not available for comment on Saturday.

In fact, at the beginning of 1999, the General Administration of Customs of China had already stipulated that goods and their packaging whose labeling content violated the one-China principle would not be allowed to import or export. This means that continental regulations regarding the management of certificates of origin and labeling in cross-strait trade have been enforced for many years.

A tougher labeling rule could not only affect Apple’s suppliers, but anyone shipping from the island of Taiwan to the mainland, said Gao Lingyun, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, on Saturday. (CASS) in Beijing. .

According to Gao, enforcement of the labeling rule was not very strict in the past. Since Taiwanese authorities also require that all exported goods manufactured on the island be labeled as “Taiwan” or the so-called “Republic of China”, many Taiwanese exporters used to label boxes loaded of goods like “Taiwan, China” after leaving Taiwan ports to dodge regulations, Gao said.

“If mainland authorities strengthen enforcement of the rule, it could increase the likelihood that shipments from the island of Taiwan will be seized by mainland customs,” Gao noted.

Despite concerns about trade barriers, this is more of a posturing of emphasizing the one-China principle to the cross-strait business community after Pelosi’s visit, Mei Xinyu, researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce. , told the Global Times on Saturday.

Pelosi’s visit to the island and the complacency of the breakaway Democratic Progressive Party have pushed the Taiwan issue to the brink of a showdown. In this context, the labeling rule actually signals to Taiwan businessmen that they have to make a choice, Mei noted.

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

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