All importers and exporters in China are required to register with customs authorities for an importer or exporter Customs Registration Number (“CR Number”) that must be indicated on the commercial invoice. Your Chinese consignee or shipper must indicate the CR Number in order to clear customs, with the exception of documents and personal effects (limited to unaccompanied luggage, C2C shipments). As a U.S. consignor you will need this number for your records.
The Chinese legal entity receiving or importing the goods is responsible for a CR Number. Your customer or supplier in China should have the CR Number available for your use. If not, DHL China can assist them by identifying a qualified import/export agent (IOR/EOR) as the receiving and dispatching party in China. Please note, however, that the appointment of an agent is a lengthy process and will need to commence immediately, if required.