With effect from 1 January 2022, all food and food supplements manufacturers exporting products into China have to be registered with the Chinese customs.
Failing to do so will result in their products being barred to enter the country, according to China’s General Administration of Customs PRC (GACC).
Some of these products include dietary supplements and special dietary foods, which will need to obtain recommendation or endorsement from their respective countries’ competent authorities before they could register their products. In the case of Australia, for example is Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and for Japanese products will be Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF).
According to Decree No. 248 (Regulations of the PRC on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food), these companies will need to complete the registration on their own, but the competent authorities of the respective countries will help the companies apply for a registration account and password. After the companies have finished their registration, the competent authorities will evaluate the companies’ factories to see if they fulfill the requirements of GACC before making the recommendations to the GACC.
To many overseas firms, many view it as a challenge to access and navigate the registration systems, as such they might require assistance from 3rd party to assist in the filling up of forms as well as clarify to them the full requirements of the GACC.