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Enquiry: What Are China's Measures for the Inspection of Imported Grains?

Photo: Imported grains to China
Photo: Imported grains to China

China implements a system of quarantine permit for imported grains under the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

Before the signing of trade contract, the owner of inbound grains must complete the quarantine examination and approval procedures in accordance with the Administrative Measures for Examination and Approval of Inbound Animal and Plant Quarantine and other regulations and obtain the Inbound Animal and Plant Quarantine Permit (“Quarantine Permit”). The national grains quality and safety requirements, plant quarantine requirements and other requirements stipulated in the Quarantine Permit must be stated in the trade contract.

Imported grains must be shipped to designated places for storage and processing (designated establishments) that conform to epidemic prevention and supervision conditions. Grains that have not obtained the Quarantine Permit may not enter the country.

The consignor or its agent must apply to the inspection and quarantine authority at the port of entry for quarantine inspection before importing the grains and must provide the following documents as required:

1. Plant Quarantine Certificate issued by the competent department of the grains exporting jurisdiction;

2. Certificate of origin;

3. Trade contract, letter of credit, bill of lading, packing list, invoice and other trade documents;

4. Quarantine Permit and other documents required; and

5. Other documents stated in bilateral agreements, protocols and memorandums, and required by AQSIQ.

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