According to the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food (GACC Decree No. 248) issued on April 12, 2021, all overseas food manufacturers must register with the Chinese authorities – General Administration of Customs, P.R. China (GACC) to export products to China.
Depending on the product category, food producers must register with the GACC either through the competent authority of the exporting country or directly and/or through a private agent.
Who Must Do The Overseas Manufacturers Registration
- All overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities that export foods to China.
*Food includes finished products, raw materials, and items that are traditionally both food and Chinese medicinal materials; but does not include food additives (including flavors and spices) and food-related products (including food packaging materials, detergents, and disinfectants)
Registration Methods and Scope of Food Categories
Scope of Food Categories
Recommended registration by the competent authority
18 Food Categories:
Meat and meat products, casings, aquatic products, dairy products, bird’s nests and bird’s nest products, bee products, eggs and egg products, edible oils and fats, oilseeds, stuffed pastry products, edible grains, milled grain industry products and malt, fresh and dehydrated vegetables and dried beans, condiments, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, unroasted coffee beans and cocoa beans, foods for special dietary purposes, and health foods.
Registration by overseas manufacturers themselves or entrusted agents
Food other than the above 18 Categories
- Overseas Manufacturers Registration (18 food categories and outside 18 food categories);
- Consulting service, assisting enterprises with registration.