XCYZ No. 230
The “Central Committee Secretariat, State Council Secretariat Notice Concerning Compression and Rectification of Audiovisual Work Units” (ZBF No. (1991)2) provides: The Administration of Press and Publications “uniformly manages audiovisual product import and export work, formulates audiovisual product import and export management regulations, is responsible for formulating import plans and quota allocations for audiovisual products used in publishing, uniformly issues import permits, and conducts supervision over the implementation situation in all localities and all departments”. On the basis of the spirit of this Notice and the instructions of the Centre concerning strictly controlling audiovisual product impost, the following matters are urgently notified:
I, From the day of receiving this document, all publishing of imported culture and art audiovisual products, requires an overseas culture and art audiovisual programme import and publication permit issued uniformly by the Administration of Press and Publications (hereafter simply named “Permit”), without permits, it is without exception not permitted to publish and distribute these.
II, Audiovisual products approved in 1990 by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture, within the annual import quota uniformly allocated according to the National Small Work Group on Rectification and Clean-up of the Book, Newspaper, Periodical and Audiovisual Markets, that have not been published at present, are to be distributed with a “Permit” after the original examination and approval department reports matters with the Administration of Press and Publications. The part exceeding the quota will occupy the quota of 1991. Furthermore, audiovisual products approved for import in 1989 in the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture according to the planning of that year, and which are not yet published, are to be distributed with a “Permit” after the original examination and approval department reports matters with the Administration of Press and Publications; those falling under quota outside of the plan of the two Ministries in that year, and have not yet been published, are cancelled without exception.
III, Before the planning, formulation and allocation of 1991 import quotas, examination and approval of imported audiovisual products shall be provisionally ceased; those already improved for import, must file with the Administration of Press and Publications, and where they are not yet published, publication must cease provisionally without exception.
IV, Special management regulations will be formulated with examination and approval rules concerning imported culture and art audiovisual products and for copyright agreement examination and registration. In order to facilitate the formulation of the audiovisual product import plan as soon as possible and allocate quota, the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture are requested to report matters such as the names, box amounts, country (region), publishing work unit, etc. of culture and art audiovisual products approved for import in 1989, 1990 and this year to the Administration of Press and Publications. All audiovisual work units must report the titles of audiovisual products that have been approved but have not yet entered the border before 23 April to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture audiovisual management departments, and report to the Audiovisual Management Department of our Administration.