The US-based technology company Apple has told its suppliers to follow the rules of Chinese customs regulations with respect to shipments from Taiwan to China.
Apple has told its suppliers to follow the rules of Chinese customs regulations concerning shipments from Taiwan to China amid the heightened tensions between both the countries. The US-based company told its suppliers that China has started implementing a long-standing rule which calls for parts and components made in Taiwan to be labelled as being made in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei,” Nikkei Asia reported citing sources familiar with the matter. Apple has asked the suppliers to follow the rules with urgency to avoid disruption of shipments.
Apple has reportedly called on its suppliers to create plans or review and amend their labels on cartons and forms for shipments from Taiwan to China if required. The sources told the media outlet that mentioning “Made in Taiwan” on import declaration forms, documents or cartons could result in shipments being held or checked by Chinese customs authorities. One of the sources claimed that a fine of up to 4,000 yuan (Rs 46,972.73) will be imposed for violating the rule or the shipments being rejected by the authorities, as per the Nikkei Asia report. The rule regarding labels on cartons from Taiwan to China comes at a time when suppliers of Apple were working on components for its next iPhones and other products that will be launched in autumn this year.