New registration requirements for food, animal-based and plant-based exports to China (Decrees 248 and 249)
Effective January 1, 2022, exporters and processing establishments that export to China will need to comply with two new Chinese regulations for imported food and overseas food establishments.
Decree 248: Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food will require all overseas food manufacturers, processors and storage facilities to register with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC).
Decree 249: Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety covers a broad range of requirements on food exports to China, including overseas facilities registration, record filing by importers and exporters, quarantine and inspection and product labeling.
In advance of China’s implementation of the decrees, Canadian food exporters should ensure their products are in compliance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations as well as with China’s import requirements.
Immediate action for Canadian exporters
It is critical that companies exporting and involved in the export of certain food products to China contact the Market Access Secretariat (MAS) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada before October 22, 2021, to provide necessary contact information to enable the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to compile an exporter list that will be shared with GACC. This new registration process is required in order to maintain continued access to the Chinese market for the specified food products.
For more information on the implementation process and what is required by Canadian businesses, please see the food export notice – China Decrees 248 & 249 – Urgent action required for export to China.
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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