China Removes Lithuania From Customs Register Due To Relations With Taiwan | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Lithuania has reportedly been removed from the Chinese customs register in retaliation for warming relations with Taiwan, leaving many Lithuanian goods stranded at sea.
Thursday (December 2), 15min.lt quoted a Lithuanian timber exporter as saying that their company’s products were not allowed to enter Shanghai port because Lithuania is no longer in the IT system. Vidmantas Janulevicius, president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, told the news agency that “Lithuania has been barred … it seems that there is no such country in the Chinese customs system.”
This means that companies such as the lumber exporter, which has 300 containers sailing to China, now have their products floating in limbo. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry confirmed to the Baltic News Service (BNS) that the country’s exporters have encountered problems exporting goods to the communist country.
The ministry said it had received information about “possible disruption of Lithuanian production in China” and contacted Lithuanian companies. It is also collecting information from the Chinese authorities on the new restrictions, reported Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT). He added that he was also communicating with the European Commission “regarding a reaction at EU level”.
Beijing has sought to punish Lithuania for allowing Taiwan to establish a representative office in Vilnius, while planning to open its own representative office in Taiwan next year. On November 21, China downgraded diplomatic relations with Lithuania by demoting the Baltic country’s ambassador to Beijing to the post of charge d’affaires.
In addition, according to the Lithuania-China Trade Association, although exports of agricultural, forestry and livestock products have been affected by Chinese restrictions, high-tech products in areas such as biotechnology have hardly been affected.