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GACC regulations

In April 2021, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) released two revised decrees;

The first decree is the "Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food " (GACC Degree 248), which will require all overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities to register with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC).

The second decree is the "Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety" (GACC Degree 249), which 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.

According to the provisions of GACC Degree 249 Article 15, the GACC registration number of overseas production enterprises needs to be printed on the
Chinese Labeling of imported food, then can pass  the China Customs Clearance process normally.

Both Decree 248 and Decree 249 are slated to enter into force on January 1, 2022.

   



Apply GACC Registration for Overseas Exporter Online

General GACC registration for Overseas Exporter of Imported Food

According to the requirements of the "Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety" (GACC Degree 249), all overseas exporters of imported food need to register with the GACC.

If the overseas exporters of imported food does not have a branch in China, need to apoint a CRA (Chinese Representative Agent) to apply GACC registration.
After this filing, the overseas exporter will get a GACC filing number, In each import customs clearance process, need fill this filing number in customs declaration and CIQ inspection application forms.

This type GACC registration is easy, cost about $400-$600, time 1~2 weeks.

List of GACC Registered Overseas Exporter of Imported Food

   

   


Apply GACC Registration for Overseas Manufacturer Online

According to the requirements of the "Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food " (GACC Degree 248), all overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities need to register with the GACC, the GACC registration number of overseas production enterprises needs to be printed on the Chinese Labeling of imported food, the CIQ will inspect the Chinese Labeling of imported food in the China Customs Clearance process;

There are two types of GACC registration for Overseas Producers of imported food:

General GACC registration for Overseas Manufacturer of Imported Food


If the overseas manufacturer of imported food does not have a branch in China, need to apoint a CRA (Chinese Representative Agent) to apply GACC registration.
The overseas manufacturer will get a GACC registration number, GACC registration number of overseas production enterprises needs to be printed on the Chinese Labeling of imported food, the CIQ will inspect the Chinese Labeling of imported food in the China Customs Clearance process
This type GACC registration is easy, about cost $400-$600, time need 1~2 weeks.

List of GACC Registered Overseas Manufacturer of Imported Food

Special GACC registration for Overseas Manufacturer of risky food


In China, the imported food is divided into 4 risk levels from low to high :
A, riskless; B, low risk; C, moderate risk; D, high risk; ;
Different levels of supervision are adopted for foods with different risk levels;

This kind moderate to risk food categories include:

  • meat products,
  • sausage casings,
  • aquatic products,
  • dairy products,
  • bird nest products,
  • bee products,
  • egg products,
  • edible oils and fats,
  • oilseeds,
  • stuffed wheaten 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,
  • health foods,
  • animal feed etc.
    Overseas producers of the above Risky food category, need to establish a food quality management system that meets the requirements of China's corresponding food category regulations (such as GMP or HACCP certificate, etc.), shall be Reviewed, Endorsed by the competent food authority of the Country of origin, then recommend to GACC for registration, after CNCA / GACC audit or CNCA-GACC Site-inspcetion; If qualified, the Overseas producers will be listed into the"List of GACC-CNCA Qualified Overseas producers exporting to China", commonly known as the "GACC-CNCA Whitelist" or GACC certification.
    This type GACC registration is very complicated, the application documents requiements, time and cost are depend on the type of food production facility, the cost is about $5,000 to $30,000, time usually need about 6 months to 1 year .

    List of risky food establishments approved to export to china
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    Chinese importer GACC Registration

    GACC registration for Chinese importers of Imported Food

    According to the requirements of the "Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety" (GACC Degree 249), all Chinese importer of imported food need to register with the GACC.

    Chinese importer need to establish a Food Products Sales quality management system Including source protection, quality control, product traceability and recall, risk information reporting, risk information emergency plan,Organizational structure, department functions and responsibilities of Food safety technical personnel, management personnel,etc.

    This type GACC registration is complicated , cost about $1,000-$1,500, time need about 1 month.

    List of GACC Registered Chinese Importer of Imported Food

       




      Cosmetics Category that need GACC registration:
       Skin care products
       Hair products
       Beauty cosmetics
       Perfume
       Oral care products
       The special function products



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    Risky Food Export China Process
    In China, the imported food is divided into 4 risk levels from low to high : A, B, C, D ; Different levels of supervision are adopted for foods with different risk levels;

    The medium to high risky imported food categories include:Meat products, aquatic products, dairy products, sausage casings, bird nest products, bee products, egg products, edible oils and fats, oilseeds, stuffed wheaten 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, Animal feed etc.

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    In addition to the above-mentioned general food import procedures, the risky imported food also need to go through other government procedures of Manufacturer Registration / Certifcation, Pre-market approval of the product etc.
     
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