9 July 2014
Online CBA: What are the Procedures for Exporting Dried Fruits to China?
Q: What are the Procedures for Exporting Dried Fruits to China?
A: 1. The import-export flow of general products can be found in the Guide to Doing Business in China published by HKTDC Research.
2. Record filing with the filing management system for exporters/agents and consignees of imported food
China requires foreign exporters/agents exporting food to the mainland and domestic importers (consignees) to file a record with the official filing management system for exporters/agents and consignees of imported food. The system can be accessed at: http://ire.eciq.cn/.
The list of exporters or agents and importers who have filed their records is published in the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). When preparing a cargo inspection form for the imported food, the consignee or agent concerned should state the food importer’s and exporter’s names and their file numbers on the form.
3. Inspection of pre-packaged food upon import
In China, imported food products are mainly classified into ordinary, special dietary and health enhancing food. For pre-packaged food, in particular, Chinese language labels which conform to mainland requirements must be prepared in advance to ensure the smooth importation of these products.
In addition, imported food has to go through import inspection and quarantine procedures. It is therefore advisable for suppliers and mainland importers to have their products tested by laboratories recognised by the mainland government before delivery. These laboratories will carry out tests according to national requirements and issue a report afterwards.
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