The standing committee of the 13th National People's Congress has passed a decision on revising the Foreign Trade Law of the People's Republic of China as of December 30th, 2022, removing Article 9. It was signed into law the same day by the President Order 128.
President Order 128 2022
Source: The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China
Starting from then, Chinese companies are no longer required to apply for a license for import and export for regular goods.
Article 9 originally as:
Foreign trade operators engaging in import or export of goods or technologies shall file records with the foreign trade department of the State Council or its authorized agency, unless otherwise stipulated by the laws, administrative regulations or the foreign trade department of the State Council. Specific measures for record filing shall be stipulated by the foreign trade department of the State Council. The Customs shall not process import and export declaration and clearance formalities for foreign trade operators which have not filed records in accordance with the provisions.