CHINESE GACC REGISTRATION, CHINESE CUSTOMS REGISTRATION

China enacted two new regulations that came into effect on January 1, 2022: registering your company with Chinese customs is now a mandatory procedure for all foreign producers already active in the process of exporting their products to China or those intending to engage in such activities.

One of the new provisions issued in April 2021 (Regulation No. 248) states the obligation to register your production facility with Chinese customs, which must be approved by the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China.

The primary change introduced by Regulation No. 248 pertains to the expansion of categories of imported products subject to registration with Chinese customs (the Chinese food safety regulations in effect until December 31, 2021, required registration with GACC only for foreign producers of meat, fish, and dairy products). For this reason, all producers actively exporting or intending to export agri-food products to China are required to update and implement the new requirements and, most importantly, register their facility with GACC.

Depending on the category to which the exported product belongs, different registration requirements and methods will apply:

FOOD CATEGORY REGISTRATION METHOD WHAT TO DO BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2022

Meat and meat-based products, milk-based products, fish products, bird’s nests, and bird’s nest products.

Request to be submitted through the Competent Authority of the exporting country, which must provide health guarantees. 

Companies already authorized and included in a GACC list. No action required.
Packaging, apiculture products, eggs and egg products, animal and vegetable fats, filled pastries, edible cereals, industrial products of powdered cereals and malt, fresh and dehydrated vegetables, dried beans, condiments, etc., nuts and seeds, dried fruits, unroasted coffee beans, and cocoa beans, special dietary foods*, healthy foods. Request to be submitted through the Competent Authority of the exporting country, which must provide health guarantees. Facilities producing foods in this category that have exported to the P.R.C since January 2017 to date. PROCEDURE A
Foods of different categories than those mentioned above. The main ones include:

  • WINE AND BEER
  • DISTILLED BEVERAGES
  • ROASTED COFFEE
  • JAM AND OTHER FRUIT-BASED PRODUCTS
  • CONDIMENTS (E.G., VINEGAR)
  • SWEETS (E.G., CANDIES AND CHOCOLATE)
  • SUGAR
  • COOKIES, CAKES, AND BREAD
  • WATER AND OTHER BEVERAGES
  • NUT AND OTHER SEED-BASED PRODUCTS
  • GRAIN PRODUCTS O
  • FRUITS AND VEGETABLES (NON-FRESH)
Companies must proceed with registration independently. PROCEDURE B
*Currently, special dietary foods include infant foods, complementary foods for infants, foods for special medical purposes (FSMP), dietary supplements, sports supplements, supplements for pregnant and lactating women.

What should companies in List A do?

The application for companies falling under the first type of registration includes structured documentation:

  • A “recommendation” letter from the competent authority in the exporting country

  • List of producers and corresponding registration forms

  • Producer identification documents (such as business license)

  • Statements from producers pledging to meet the regulations’ requirements for the products being registered

GACC may request documents related to food safety, hygiene, and protection systems, as well as inspection reports if deemed necessary.

These forms cannot be modified or left incomplete, otherwise, establishments will be excluded from the registration process. Once the documentation is received, GACC will review and register the companies listed above.

What should companies in List B do?

These companies must independently proceed with registration, starting from November 1, 2021, by accessing the portal “Management of Registrations for Foreign Food Producers Imported to China.” Regarding the duration of registration, GACC currently provides instructions regarding the end of the validity period: between 3 or 6 months before the registration’s expiration, GACC will notify the company to proceed with renewal.

Together with the Chinese team, ESI-ITA GROUP supports companies with all registration practices for Italian companies at Chinese customs.

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