Annual meeting between BMWK, GACC and Shenzen Customs


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the General Administration for Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) and Shenzhen Customs review cooperation achievements and discuss future topics for further cooperation.

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In the virtual meeting on 14 February 2023, the German delegation was led by Boris Böhme, Director of Division VIC 6, ICT Technical Regulation and Standardisation, Product Safety, Market Surveillance at BMWK. The Chinese delegation was headed by LIU Ze, Deputy Director of Division 6 at the International Cooperation Department of GACC.


While reviewing the past activities, both sides expressed high recognition of the outcomes from the workshop series. Last year, two workshops were already held on the EU cyber security and EU market surveillance regulation. This year, the workshop series will be continued with a workshop on the EU medical device regulation. LIU Ze underscored the far-reaching positive impact of the cooperation on GACC and all customs regions in China, describing it as a showcase project.


Future cooperation topics discussed included the introduction of the digital product pass in the EU in 2023. The digital product pass can help market surveillance authorities to better track goods along the entire supply chain. In addition, requirements for AI algorithms, cybersecurity, the newly enacted Cyber Resilience Act, and methods for improved monitoring of e-commerce products were put on the future agenda.


Both sides emphasised the importance of cooperation. They are looking forward to holding the dialogue with new developments and challenges that arise over time.

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