On October 1st, new registration requirements for exporters and importers of food products to China will go into effect.
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GAIN Report Number: 12057
China - Peoples Republic of
Registration Required for Foreign Food Product Exporters –
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and
Standards - Certification
On October 1st, new registration requirements for exporters and importers of food products to China will go
into effect. This report is intended to provide supplemental information to the original GAIN report published
June 29, 2012 announcing this new Measure.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Who must register?
Exporters and importers of food categories listed in Appendix 1 of the Notice
(http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn/zwgk/jlgg/zjgg/2011_1/201205/t20120523_218426.htm) are subject to the
filing requirements. Products not listed in the categories, such as food additives, some grains, some oil
seeds, fruit and live animals are exempt but still must comply with relevant existing rules.
What information is needed for registration?
The Application Form for Food Exporter/Agent Registration can be found at
(http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn/zwgk/jlgg/zjgg/2011_1/201205/t20120523_218426.htm) and lists all the
information needed to complete the registration application.
In Section 3, regarding information of Chinese trading partners, exporters need only provide information
for Chinese trading partners with whom they currently have outstanding contracts. For those partners
with whom contracts have completed, the exporter does not need to provide importer information.
In Section 4, “Letter of Commitment”, the word “Contractor” is causing some confusion. Our
understanding is that this term refers to the “foreign exporter”, or the “person who is filling the form”.
When Do I Need to Register?
Only exporters who are have a contract with an importer to export products l to China listed in the
Registration Application Form, Section 2 –Food Category of Products - need register with AQSIQ
through the system. As it may only take a few working days for the application review and approval, an
exporter does not need to register with the system very early.
Where Shall I Register?
The Registration Form is found at http://ire.eciq.cn. Foreign exporters will click the Login link under
“Filing Management System for Imported Food Exporters or Agents Overseas, ”then click “Initial
Registration” to begin. The exporter application is bi-lingual (Chinese and English), while the importer
filing system is only in Chinese.
Who Reviews the Registration Applications?
CIQs (AQSIQ’s local agencies) are responsible for accepting filing applications by foreign exporters
and Chinese importers.
How long will it take to get registered?
After accepting applications and materials, CIQ will complete its review within five working days.
What is the registration serial number for?
The registration serial number can be used to add new importer information, and most importantly, is
information the importer can use to facilitate cargo inspection/quarantine by CIQ at the ports. Labels do
not need the registration number.
Where can I find the list of registered exporters and importers?
Our understanding is that AQSIQ will periodically publish a list of registered exporters and importers
(containing names and country/regions) on its website.
Modifications to Registration
What should I do if I have a new importer in China?
Each time an exporter with a registration number has a contract to export relevant products to China
with a new importer, that exporter should add this new information to the system.
Can I delete information of an importer which whom I no longer do business?
AQSIQ prefers the system retain all importer information for traceability purposes.
If a foreign exporter has a registration serial number, and completes a contract with a Chinese
importer who already has a registration serial number, does the exporter need to add the importer
information to its registration information?
An exporter should add this importer information to its registration before shipping products. If the
exporter and importer files do not connect, this may cause clearance delays. Inspection officials will
decide on the frequency of sampling for compliance purposes.
Our company exports fresh fruit, shall we register?
Fresh fruit shippers do not need to register with AQSIQ. Only products listed in Section 2-Food
Category of Operation- of the Application Form of Food Exporter/Agent are subject to the registration
requirements. Exporters of products not listed in the section do not need to register.
For full text of the No.55 Public Notice - Registration Required for Foreign Food Product Exporters, please
follow the link:
For full test of the GAIN report about the No.55 Public Notice in English, please follow the link: