Apple urges suppliers to follow Chinese long-held customs rules on ‘Taiwan’ labeling in another fallout of Pelosi’s visit

Photo: CFP

Photo: CFP

US tech giant Apple told its suppliers to strictly adhere to mainland China’s customs regulations and not to label products from the Taiwanese island as “made in Taiwan,” the Nikkei reported Friday.

In another possible economic fallout from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island of Taiwan, mainland China appears to be moving to tighten enforcement of the island’s import labeling rules, indicating that the mainland will allow no ambiguity on the Taiwan issue on all aspects, including economic and trade, experts noted.

According to the reports, mainland authorities have begun to tighten up enforcement of a rule that Taiwan-made parts and components must be labeled as made in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” to avoid consignments being held for check.

The Apple warning followed another media report that shipments to Apple’s supplier Pegatron Corp’s factory in Suzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu province, were being held for checking by Chinese customs to see if there were any violations. violation of labeling regulations. But Pegatron denied the report, saying the Suzhou plant is operating normally and there have been no interruptions in shipments, Bloomberg said. Apple could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

In fact, in early 1999, the Chinese customs authorities ruled that goods and their packaging containing label contents may not be imported or exported in violation of the One China principle. This means that the mainland regulations regarding the management of certificates of origin and labeling in the strait trade have been enforced for many years.

A tightening of the labeling rule may affect not only Apple’s suppliers, but all those shipping shipments from the island of Taiwan to the mainland, Gao Lingyun, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, said. Saturday at the Global Times. .

According to Gao, enforcement of the labeling rule has not been very strict in the past. Since the Taiwan authority also requires all exported goods made on the island to be labeled as “Taiwan” or the so-called “Republic of China”, many exporters from Taiwan used the boxes of goods as “Taiwan, China” after leaving the country. the Taiwan ports to evade the regulations, Gao said.

“If mainland authorities tighten enforcement of the rule, it could increase the chances of shipments from the island of Taiwan being seized by mainland customs,” Gao noted.

Despite concerns about barriers to trade, this seems more like an attitude emphasizing the one China principle for the business community across the straits following the visit of Pelosi, Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade. and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce, the Global Times told the Global Times on Saturday.

Pelosi’s visit to the island and the indulgence of the secessionist Democratic Progressive Party have pushed the Taiwan issue to the brink of confrontation. Against this backdrop, the labeling rule is actually telling business people in Taiwan to make a choice, Mei noted.

Following Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island of Taiwan, Chinese customs authorities in mainland China on Wednesday suspended imports of citrus fruits, including grapefruits, lemons and oranges, as well as two types of fish from the island, in line with regulations and food safety requirements. The export of natural sand, used in construction, from the mainland to the island was banned.

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