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Pre-Approval Waived for First Import of Non-Special-Use Cosmetics via any Mainland FTZ

Non-special use cosmetics will no longer require official pre-approval when they are first imported to China if they transit through any of the country’s 11 Pilot Free Trade Zones (FTZs). Previously, only cosmetic products imported via the Shanghai Pudong New Area enjoyed such preferential treatment. As of 8 March this year, however, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) extended that entitlement to all the country’s FTZs.

Under the terms of the CFDA’s decision, up until 21 December this year, importers of such products will only have to comply with statutory record maintenance requirements as long as said items enter the country via one of the designated zones and the importer’s official mainland-based responsible individual is registered at the FTZ in question. The 10 additionally-approved FTZs are Tianjin, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Fujian, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan and Shaanxi.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:

Announcement of CFDA on Expanding the Pilot Programme of Record-Filing Management for Imported Non-Special-Use Cosmetics (No. 31 [2018])


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