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Online CBA: Are There Any Special Administrative Requirements for the Importation of Cat and Dog Feeds into China?

Photo: Pet food
Photo: Pet food
 
 

Q: Are There Any Special Administrative Requirements for the Importation of Cat and Dog Feeds into China?

A: According to the Administrative Measures for Registration of Feed and Feed Additive Imports released by the Ministry of Agriculture, feeds refer to products, including simple feeds, additive pre-mix feeds, feed concentrates, formula feeds and concentrate supplements, processed and manufactured by industrial means for the purpose of feeding the animals, while feed additives refer to small or micro amounts of substances, including nutritional feed additives and general feed additives, added during the processing, manufacturing and use of feeds. Pet food is also classified as feeds.

The Administrative Measures stipulate that an overseas company exporting feed and feed additives to China for the first time must apply to the Ministry of Agriculture for import registration. It will be issued an import registration certificate. It may not sell or use such feeds within the territory of China before obtaining this certificate. The imported feeds and feed additives must be packed and the packaging must comply with China's safety and hygiene regulation and have Chinese labels that are in conformity with the relevant regulations. An overseas company should appoint an agent within the territory of China to apply for import registration.

An overseas company should establish its own sales organ within the territory of China or appoint a qualified agent within the territory of China for the sale of the imported feeds and feed additives in accordance with law. It may not engage in the direct sale of imported feeds and feed additives within the territory of China. It should establish its sales organisation or appoint its sales agent within the territory of China and file a record with the Ministry of Agriculture within six months of the date it obtains its import registration certificate for feeds and feed additives. Should there be any change regarding the sales organisation or sales agent, a new record should be filed with the Ministry of Agriculture within one month.

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