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China Hikes Taxes on 'Suitcase' Jewelry Imports

Apr 10, 2016 7:49 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Chinese authorities have moved to crack down on a "gray" market in luxury imports by raising taxes on jewelry and watches.

The government increased tariffs on watches ordered from abroad to 60 percent from 30 percent and on jewelry to 15 percent from 10 percent effective from April 8, according to the report.

The measures are directed at individual shoppers – known as ‘daigous’ – who bring suitcases full of luxury goods into the country and then resell them in person or online, eating into China’s revenue from corporate taxes and discouraging domestic consumption, particularly for higher-quality goods, the report said.

"We expect an adverse impact on overseas purchases by Chinese daigous and tourists alike," the Reuters report cited Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca as saying.

The government also increased penalties for false declarations and tightened customs controls. Officials are catching more and more Chinese tourists at the airport with suitcases full of luxury goods and taxing them, according to the report.
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