Necessary documents vary by product but may include standard documents such as a bill of lading, invoice, shipping list, customs declaration, insurance policy, and sales contract as well as more specialized documents such as an import quota certificate for general commodities (where applicable), import license (where applicable), inspection certificate issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) or its local bureau (where applicable), and other safety or quality licenses.
China classifies imports into three categories: prohibited, restricted and permitted. Certain goods (e.g. wastes, toxics) are banned from being imported, while select products in the restricted category require quotas or licenses.
Located in Zhejiang, the Port of Ningbo is founded by the China Merchants International Container Terminals, Ningbo Port Group, and 6 other companies. It ranks 2nd in terms of cargo handled and 4th in terms of container throughput.
The Port of Ningbo has 191 berths, out of which 39 are deep water berths with a handling capacity of 10,000+ tonnes cargo. It also has a terminal specially built to handle 6th generation container ships and a berth with handling capacity of 50,000 tonnes liquid chemical products.
While the history of the Port of Ningbo can be traced back to 4800 BC, it was declared an independent port only in 738 under the rule of the Ming Dynasty. The port’s status underwent quite a few changes from 1195 till it was made a separate city in 1949. Recently, in 2006, the Port of Ningbo was merged with the Port of Zhoushan. It is now officially known as the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan.
The Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, located at the intersection of the north-south coastal and inland shipping route, provides access to the Yangtze river and the interior of China.