China has reduced its average tariff level to 9.8% as of
2007, ranging from a 15.2% average tariff for agricultural
products and 8.95% for industrial products, according to
China Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council. In
addition, 1,600 eight-digit tariff items have been changed
in the regulations (about 20% of the total eight-digit tariff
items). These include mechanic and electric products,
chemicals, textile, wooden products, base metal and alloy.
This is the largest change in China’s tariff regulation over
the last ten years. As a result of the changes, the number of
tariff items has risen from 7,605 to 7,646.