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Filing of Imported Paints and Coatings in China

According to the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of the Inspection of Imported Paints and Coatings (Order No. 18 of the General Administration of Quality Inspection, and amended by Order No. 238 and 240 of the General Administration of Customs), manufacturers, importers or importing agents of certain imported paints and coatings shall submit product filings to designated bodies affiliated with Chinese Customs (i.e., Shanghai Customs) and accept mandatory testing at least 2 months before actual import. A filing certificate will be issued if a product passes testing. This process is called Filing of Imported Paints and Coatings in China.

Scope of Paints and Coatings Subject to Filings

Not all imported paints and coatings require product filings. Only paints and coatings with the following commodity classification/HS codes (starting 3208 & 3209) require mandatory fillings before actual import to China. It is recommended to contact us to confirm whether your paint or coating require mandatory product filling or not.

32081000

Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on polyesters in a nonaqueous medium

32082010.10

Coatings for optical fiber (with acrylic polymers as main constituents), dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

32082010.90

Other paints and varnishes based on acrylic polymers (including enamels and lacquers), dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

32082020

Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based, dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

32089010.10

Coatings for optical fiber (with polyurethane as main constituents), dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

32089010.90

Other paints and varnishes based on polyurethane (including enamels and lacquers), dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium

32089090

Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, dispersed or dissolved in a non-aqueous medium;

32091000

Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on acrylic or vinyl polymers in an aqueous medium

32099000

Paints and varnishes based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers, in an aqueous medium.

Applicant of Product Fillings

Manufacturers, importers or importing agents of imported paints and coatings. Manufacturers based outside of China can also submit product filling via Chinese agents.

Information Required for Product Fillings

1Application form;

2Declaration of compliance with hazardous substance restriction limits set in Chinese national standards, issued by the manufacturers of imported paints and coatings.

3Information about imported paints and coatings such as basic composition, brand, model, country of origin, appearance, label and mark.

You can check the restriction limits of hazardous substances in paints and coatings via CIRS's VOC database. We can also provide testing services to check whether your product can meet the requirements of relevant national standards.

Validity of A Filing Certificate

Each product filing certificate is valid for 2 years. Applicants shall apply for new product filling certificates once existing filing certificates get expired. 

Our Services

  • Free consultation;
  • Filing of imported paints and coatings;
  • VOC testing for imported paints and coatings;
  • Chinese GHS SDSs and labels;
  • Hazardous chemicals registration in China;
  • Declaration of compliance (DOC) for food contact use paints and coatings.