This report contains an unofficial translation of Directive #64. Though Directive #64 is entitled “Warning of imported beef and sheep tallow products”, the report also mentions imported processed meat
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GAIN Report Number: CH11814
China - Peoples Republic of
AQSIQ’s Directive #64 Bans U.S. Processed Meat Products
Trade Policy Incident Report
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and
Standards - Certification
Summary: On May 24, 2012, two shipments of U.S. cooked chicken powder with an estimated value of
$100,000 were unexplainably detained by the Guangdong Provincial quarantine and inspection bureau
(CIQ). Post later discovered the reason for the detention was because of the Import and Export Food
Safety Bureau of State Quality Inspection Bureau General ASQIQ’s internal Directive #64 which was
leaked to Post. This report contains an unofficial translation of Directive #64. Though Directive #64 is
entitled “Warning of imported beef and sheep tallow products”, the report also mentions imported
processed meat products be included in this campaign of “proactive and heightened” approach to
inspections. China currently does not have a national food safety standards for animal fats or processed
meat products; and therefore, will require importers to apply for import permits that are issued by
China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
AQSIQ specifically instructed CIQ Guangdong to block these two shipments even though the importer
had been importing similar products for over ten years. It is important to note that the two shipments
were detained without prior notification. The importer was asked by Guangdong CIQ to return the
shipments back to the United States.
On May 25, ATO Guangzhou requested a meeting with Guangdong CIQ, but the meeting request was
ignored. When ATO Guangzhou approached Guangdong CIQ for explanations on the case over the
phone, CIQ said they were given specific instruction from Beijing AQSIQ to reject these shipments but
did not provide any additional information. Guangdong CIQ suggested Post contact AQSIQ if we were
interested in releasing the containers.
China currently does not have a national food safety standards for animal fats or processed meat
products; and therefore, will require importers to apply for import permits that are issued by China’s
Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). In the past ten years, all the ports were loosely implemented this policy
and allowed imported animal fats and processed meat products to enter China ports without the hassle of
registering for an MOA permit. A contact with the Australia Trade Commission in Guangzhou said
Australian animal fat, meal and processed meat products have been stopped for two months now and the
response CIQ port officials have provided them is that MOA is currently reviewing a new set of policies
and standards and that until this internal review is complete, none of these products can be released by
CIQs field offices.
From the tone and wording of Directive #64 and our interaction with Guangdong CIQ, it is clear AQSIQ
has unilaterally banned the importation of animal fats and processed meat products from the United
States. Post contacted the Austrian Consulate in Guangzhou to corroborate this claim. In Directive #64
AQSIQ asks all CIQs to “be proactive” ( ), leading Post to suspect that is would be safer for local
CIQs to close the door tighter than looser, if they do not want to invite criticism from AQSIQ.
Unofficial translation of Directive #64
2012 Directive #64 on the “Warning of imported beef and sheep tallow products” (effective until further
Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of State Quality Inspection Bureau General (AQSIQ)
Notification warning of risk
Date: May 10, 2012 Directive #64
Subject: Warning notification on the importation of beef and sheep tallow products
Products and HS codes: Edible Beef and Sheep Tallow 1502009000
Subject Matter: Recently, there were reports on CIQs allowing importations of edible beef and sheep
1. China manages imported rendered edible animal fats and processed meat products under
inspection and quarantine systems. Each CIQ should strictly adhere to this policy. Products
without an import permit cannot be imported. Simply because imported products are not required
to go through a quarantine approval process, does not imply they acquire an import permit
automatically either. Presently, no country or region has obtained an inspection and quarantine
authority from China for rendered edible animal fat imports.
2. Each CIQ should be proactive and conduct complete risk analyses on imported food products to
prevent the importation of products that are not qualified under the current national food safety
standards or without an import permit. If any issues are uncovered during import and export
inspection, quarantine and management, please handle according to regulations and report back
to AQSIQ in a timely manner.
This risks warning notice is effective until further notification.