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On 14-April 2021, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) released two regulations;

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

The second is the GACC Decree 249 - "Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety" , 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 Decree 249 Article 15, the GACC registration number of overseas production enterprises needs to be printed on th
e  Chinese Labeling of imported food, then can pass the China Customs Clearance process normally.

If the overseas enterprises not have a branch in China, need to designate a CRA (Chinese Representative Agent) to apply GACC registration.

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


If the overseas enterprise of imported food does not have a branch in China, should appoint a CRA (Chinese Representative Agent) to apply GACC registration.

   
 

  ◄ China GACC registration Introduction ►

Please note: For Manufacturers GACC registration, Each of the food category requires a separate GACC registration number, Each facility address requires a separate GACC registration number !
For each type of GACC registration, Requirements for GACC registration application documents,GACC registration process, GACC registration approval time,  GACC registration cost, CRA service fee, etc. are all different , Please see below:

GACC register types GACC-1-1 GACC-1-2 GACC-1-3 GACC-2-1
GACC registration item General GACC registration for Overseas Manufacturers GACC registration for Overseas Producer of Medium risk Food GACC registration for Overseas Producer of High risk Food General GACC registration for Overseas Exporter
Type of enterprise
  • Food Processing plants,
  • manufacturers,
  • producers, processors,
  • packers, re-packers,
  • cold stores, storage operations,
  • Food Processing plants,
  • manufacturers,
  • producers, processors,
  • packers, re-packers,
  • cold stores, storage operations,
  • Food Processing plants,
  • manufacturers,
  • producers, processors,
  • packers, re-packers,
  • cold stores, storage operations,
  • Fishing Vessels of Freezing or Transporting or Factory, etc.
  • Overseas exporters, shippers, traders, agents, consignor,etc.;
  • For GACC-1-2 & GACC-1-3 food categories, exporter’s CS-cold storage or DS-dry storage facilities need appy GACC register of CS or DS .
  • Risk level Low risk level Medium risk llevel High risk llevel All level
    Food category of GACC registration
  • Vegetables and their products (except fresh and dehydrated vegetables)
  • Processed grain and their products
  • Tea
  • Processed Nuts and seed products
  • Liquor
  • Beverages and frozen drinks
  • Biscuits, pastries, bread
  • Sugars (including raw sugar, table sugar, lactose, syrup, etc.)
  • Candy, chocolate (including chocolate, cocoa butter substitute chocolate and its products)
  • Condiments (not including sugar)
  • Roasted coffee beans, cocoa beans and their products (excluding chocolate)
  • Fruit products (excluding dried fruits)
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Other processed food
  • 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,
  • Meat products,
  • Aquatic products,
  • Dairy products,
  • Bird nest products,
  • Meat **
  • Aquatic Products And Preserved Aquatic Products **
  • Pelagic Fishery ** **
  • Dairy Products **
  • Bird Nest Products **
  • Food for Special Dietary Use *
  • Processed Flavorings Of Plant Origin *
  • Bee Products *
  • Egg And Egg Products *
  • Grains And Grain Products *
  • Dried Fruits And Nuts *
  • Vegetable And Vegetable Products *
  • Oil And Oil Seeds *
  • Traditional Chinese Medicinal Materials Of Animal And Plant Origin *
  • Processed Flavorings
  • Cigarette
  • Soft Drinks And Drinking Water
  • Canned Foods
  • Tea
  • Other Processed Foods
  • Other Plant Origin Food
  • Pastry Biscuits And Crackers
  • Candied (Preserved) Fruits
  • Sugar
  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • Other foods  
  • GACC registration valid eriod 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years
    GACC registration process GACC register process flow chart GACC register process flow chart GACC register process flow chart GACC register process flow chart
    GACC registration process time 1-2 months 2-4 months 4-12 months 2-4 weeks
    GACC register price, cost, service fee
    Note  
  • Require an additional recommend registration procedure by the competent authority of the country of origin
  • This type GACC registration process is very complicated, and the cost depends on the type of Facility and foods, usually be quoted by staff;
  • Require producers have food safety management system (such as, HACCP, GMP,BRC, SQF, Freshcare, ISO 22000,etc.)
  • For some production facilities, GACC-CNCA maybe arrange site-inspection;
  • Each production facility and cold storage facility needs to apply for a separate GACC registration number;
  • If the manufacturer wants to directly export to China, it also needs to apply GACC registration for exporter ;
  • List of GACC approved enterprises
    GACC-1-1 Manufacturers

    GACC-1-2 Manufacturers

    GACC-1-3 Manufacturers

    GACC-2-1 Exporter
     

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