Lithuanian exporters have reported they cannot clear their goods through Chinese customs after the country was apparently dropped from China's customs registry.
15min.lt reported on Thursday that a Lithuanian company exporting wood to China was not allowed to unload in one of the country's ports.
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has also confirmed to BNS that Lithuanian exporters are facing issues in China.
“The ministry has been informed about possible disruptions for Lithuanian production in China, we are in contact with Lithuanian firms, we are collecting information from Chinese side about the restrictions, we are also in touch with the European Commission about a reaction on the EU level,” the Foreign Ministry said in a comment.
According to 15min.lt, Lithuania has been removed from China's customs registry, which prevents Lithuanian goods from getting customs clearance.
“Lithuania has been crossed out [...], it seems that there's no such country in China's customs system,” it quotes Vidmantas Janulevičius, president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists. “This causes problems for exporters, who cannot ship their remaining cargo.”
Beijing has been protesting Lithuania's decision to open a representation office of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that it considers to be part of China.