Importing jewellery from China

Update date:
29 Jan 2024
Date of publication:
29 Jan 2024
Reading time: 3 minutes

Chinese jewellery manufacturers are known for their high quality products, attractive prices and a wide selection of designs and styles. One of the main advantages of importing jewellery from China is the ability to obtain competitive prices. Chinese manufacturers often offer products at a lower cost compared to local suppliers. This offers the possibility of higher margins for wholesalers and more attractive prices for end customers.

In addition, Chinese jewellery manufacturers are known for their ability to create high-quality products. They have access to advanced technology and modern machinery, which allows them to create precise details and durable products. When importing jewellery from China, you can be sure that you are getting the highest quality products.

Another aspect worth noting is the huge selection of designs and styles available from Chinese manufacturers. Regardless of the customer's preferences or current trends in the market, it is possible to find jewellery that meets expectations. Chinese manufacturers often have a wide range of products, from classic and elegant to modern and avant-garde. It is worth remembering that the Chinese consumer market has 1,412 MLD people for this reason, the number of jewellery manufacturers in the Middle Kingdom is enormous. 

Customs duty and VAT on jewellery imports from China 

The duty on jewellery imports from China will vary depending on the specific product category we choose. As for VAT, it will amount to 23%. Below is a list of the product and individual duties : 

  • Articles of jewellery and parts thereof of other precious metal, whether or not plated or clad with other precious metal - 2%
  • artificial jewellery - 4%
  • Articles of jewellery and parts thereof of silver, whether or not plated or clad with precious metal - 2.5%
  • necklaces, bracelets and other articles made wholly of natural precious or semi-precious stones, strung together only, without clasps or other accessories - 0%
  • articles of silversmiths' wares and parts thereof, whether or not plated or clad with another precious metal - 2%
  • Articles of jewellery and parts thereof of precious metal, whether or not plated or clad with precious metal - 2.5%
  • articles of natural or cultured pearls - 0%
  • cufflinks and other pins - 4%

Transport of jewellery from China 

In most cases, jewellery is quite small in size and air freight will work well here. Airfreight times vary from 3 to 7 days working. It is also worth considering rail transport, the time of which will be approximately from 14 to 22 days. Also, it is worth checking the option of shipping by sea, the price in this case will be the most favourable time, however, is about 42 days. You can find out more about transporting goods from China in the articles below.

Legal aspects of importing jewellery from China 

The legal requirements for importing jewellery from China are extremely important and require special attention. Compliance with these regulations is key to ensuring consumer safety and meeting quality standards.

One of the most important pieces of legislation to take into account is the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC. This directive sets out the general safety requirements for products on the European market, including jewellery. Before importing from China, it is important to ensure that the products meet these requirements.

Another important directive is the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC. When importing jewellery from China, it is necessary to check that the packaging complies with these environmental and waste management regulations.

In addition, it is important to remember to comply with the REACH Directive. This is a European Union regulation on the registration, evaluation and restriction of chemicals. When importing jewellery from China, it is important to make sure that the products do not contain substances that are harmful to human health or the environment.

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