Exporting to China

Ad Hoc Logistics recently assisted a New Hampshire manufacturer with a first-time export shipment to China. We advised the client the specific conditions requiring the importer of record to register with MOFCOM (Ministry of Commerce) and to obtain an import license.

For help with exports contact mitch@

Classification Re-Visited

Export best practices includes checking and confirming commodity classifications at least annually. Here is some info from a previous post which may help:

  • Classification is subjective- tariff schedules do not necessarily keep up with technology
  • Customs definitions can differ from industry definitions
  • Different interpretations exist between countries and also between ports within the same country


The basic components of a best in class process are:

  1. Break down items from universe into groups
  2. Research- even if you think you know the correct classification    customsinfo.com is a good tool
  3. Identify necessary info needed for classification such as materials, dimensions, intended use, etc
  4. Documentation- needed to support your determination
  5. Automation- implementing a software classification tool will improve efficiency and productivity
  6. On-going maintenance and monitoring for changes in HTS binding rulings and in your products is essential


Supporting documentation includes

  • spec sheets, drawings, photos
  • info requests from engineers, scientists, chemists, etc
  • HTS chapter and section notes that apply to your product
  • explanatory notes
  • informed compliance publications
  • customs rulings that apply to your product
  • record keeping (5 years)


contact mitch@adhoclogisticsfor immediate assistance.


EAR 99 and ECCN Re-Visited

From the archives…Many exporters automatically enter EAR 99 on their shipping documents without really knowing what this designation means. EAR 99 is a basket category for items that are subject to the EAR (Export Administration Regulations) but not on the CCL (Commerce Control List).  The CCL lists “controlled” items which may require a license for export. The CCL is made up of a classification of items by ECCN (Export Control Classification Number).  So a basic export compliance step is to verify if your items are “controlled” needing an ECCN or if they can be shipped under EAR 99. If an ECCN is listed you then need to determine if a license is required by checking “Reasons for Control” and destination country lists. There are 3 ways to determine an ECCN: 1) Check with the manufacturer, producer, or developer. 2) Self classify using the CCL. 3) Official request to BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) using the SNAP-R tool @ bis.gov   Contact mitch@ for help in determining your ECCN.