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Food import and export to China must be labeled in accordance with the new regulations from October 1

The Asia-Africa Market Department said that the General Department of Customs of China recently published a full text of Notice No. 70/2019 on regulations on management and supervision of labeling of food packaging. China import and export ready package, the time to start applying from October 1, 2019.

Accordingly, from October 1, 2019, registration records are not required for packaging labels of prepackaged food imported to China for the first time. The inspection of imported prepackaged food labels is one of the contents of inspection and testing of food, the Chinese customs authorities will base on the relevant provisions of law on testing of exported goods. import and food safety and hygiene to conduct testing in accordance with the law.

Importers are responsible for ensuring that Chinese-language labels on pre-packed packages of food imported into China must conform to relevant Chinese laws, administrative regulations and requirements. demand for national food safety standards. If the verification does not meet the standard, do not import.

Pre-packed packaged food will be sampled for probability testing in the field or in laboratory tests, the importer needs to provide documents proving the goods meet import conditions, the original documents and translation of labels, samples of Chinese labeling and other proofs for customs officers.


Upon receipt of notice from the relevant authority, the consumer complaint that the prepackaged food is suspected of violating the regulation, the customs authority will conduct verification verification, upon confirmation of the violation. It will be handled according to regulations.

Pre-packed foods imported into China for display of exhibitions, sample goods, duty-free business goods (except for tax-free cases as prescribed by law), food for diplomatic missions, travel goods calendar, parcel, parcel, cross-border e-commerce ... based on current regulations.

Exporters of prepackaged foods should ensure that the pre-packed labels of exported foods meet the standards of the importing country / territory or the requirements of a commercial contract.

In addition, from October 1, 2019, the following notices were annulled: (a) Notice No. 44/2006 of the China National Administration of Quality Supervision and Control (AQSIQ) on adjusting the inspection regime. appraisal and labeling of imported cosmetics and food products; (b) Notice No. 59/2011 of AQSIQ on the operation of the management system for labeling of prepackaged food products imported; (c) Notice No. 27/2012 of AQSIQ on the implementation of the regulations on supervision, control, testing and labeling of prepackaged prepackaged foods. The application for deposit of previous registration will be canceled at the same time.