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What types of GACC registration are required for overseas exporters and producers?

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We often receive urgent calls from overseas exporters:

"I have obtained the GACC registration number of the overseas exporter,  but why my goods still cannot be cleared,  the reason for the Customs rejection is the lack of the GACC registration number."

The reason for rejection by the China Customs is that the exporter only provided the GACC-2-1 exporter's registration number, but did not provide the GACC-1 manufacturer registration number and the GACC-5 product list number.

GACC-2-1 overseas exporter registration is only one of the most basic GACC registration types that all traders must apply for when food is exported to China.
Only with GACC-2-1 overseas exporter registration number, you can't export to China.

In accordance with the provisions of GACC Decree 248 and 249,
Imported food products must meet the following three necessary conditions, then can be legally imported into China.
1 GACC-2 registration of overseas exporter (11 digits registration number );
2. GACC-1 registration of overseas producer
(18 digits registration number ) ;
3. GACC-5 product listing of imported food
(13 digits HS-CIQ code);

All 3 types of GACC registration numbers are essential for the customs clearance process, and you need to fill in all 3 types GACC registration numbers into the China Customs declaration system.

Some exporters of primary agricultural products also have questions like:

"I buy primary agricultural products (e.g., rice, corn, spices, coffee beans, fruits, etc.), from farmers.
It is not possible for them to provide a GACC manufacturer registration number to me, what should I do?"


If the products are primary agricultural products, such as edible grains, oil seeds, spice, nuts, unroasted coffee & cocoa beans, etc., If the exporter purchases from individual farmers, then packs and stores it, and exports it to China, Then the exporters needs to assume the quality responsibility of these primary agricultural products, In addition to the GACC-2-1 type general exporter registration, The exporter also need to apply for the GACC-2-2 Enterprises White List for Primary Agricultural and Livestock products ( 17 digits registration number  ).

Moreover, if the list of products exported to China involves multiple food categories, the overseas production enterprises need to apply for separate GACC registration number for each food category;


   ☼  The GACC registration number need to fill in the China Customs system when apply for Customs clearance


Example of a China Customs declaration form :

Exporter: Boon Food Group Export B.V. GACC-2-1 Exporter Registration number: 5282400001511 Digits
Importer: New Joy and Food (Beijing) Supply Chain Management Group Co. GACC-3-1 Importer Registration number: 1122000236(10 Digits)

Goods Name Producer Name GACC-1 Producer Registration number GACC-5 Product listing
HS-CIQ number
Country of origin ***
Red Wine HOREAU BEYLOT CFRA23012111170001 (18 Digits)
Category 2301: Fermented wines and prepared Fermented wines
2204210000-999 (13 Digits)
Other wine of fresh grapes, in containers holding 2L or less
France  
Whisky Young Spirits Company Limited CGBR23022111250001
Category 2302: Distilled spirits and prepared Distilled spirits
2208300000-999
Whiskies
UK  
Beer Oettinger Brauerei GmbH CDEU23012111250001
Category 2301: Fermented wines and prepared Fermented wines
2203000000-999
Beer made from malt
Germany  
*** *** *** ***    

Tips:
In the process of customs clearance, when filling in the information of customs declaration, you only need to fill in the GACC registration number, and the customs system will automatically retrieve the corresponding company and product information;
If you do not enter the GACC registration number, you will not be able to fill in and submit the customs form later.

   ☼  GACC-2 registration of overseas exporter;


1. All Overseas exporters/traders , need to apply for GACC-2-1 General registration for overseas exporters;

2. For Medium-high risk animal and plant products, in addition to the GACC-2-1 type registration, their producers/exporters/traders need to apply for the GACC-2-2 type registration, after be included in “The list of enterprises allowed to import in China” (white list), then can be exported into China.

GACC register types GACC-2-1 GACC-2-2
GACC registration number digits 11 digits
(Sample: 84023000771 )
17 digits
(Sample: QZAF1424052402622 )
GACC registration item GACC-2-1 registration for General Overseas Exporter GACC-2-2 Enterprises White List for Primary Agricultural and Livestock products
Type of enterprise
  • 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 .
  • Overseas exporters /traders
  • Overseas producers
  • Risk level All level For the Primary Agricultural and Livestock products
    Category of GACC registration
  • 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  
  • Live land animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, bird etc.)
  • Living aquatic organisms (fish, shells, shrimp, crabs, seaweed, etc.)
  • Living plants (plant spices, green coffee beans cocoa beans, raw nuts, etc.)
  • Grains (including seeds and tubers, oilseeds) (soybeans, corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, etc.)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Oilseeds,
  • Unroasted coffee beans and cocoa beans
  • Natural plant spices
  • Bee
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Feed (plant source feed, animal source feed and feed additives, etc.);
  • Other non-edibl animal products (animal fur, leather and bone, bird feathers, etc.)
  • Other non-edible plant products (bamboo, wood ,grass,flowers,seedlings, etc.)

     
  • GACC registration valid eriod 5 years 5 years
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    GACC registration process time 2-4 weeks 5-12 months
    GACC register price, cost, service fee
    Note
  • If the manufacturer wants to directly export to China, it also needs to apply GACC registration for exporter ;
  • GACC-2-2 Registration is required for the above categories, whether for food or for other purposes (ornamental, cultivation, processing, etc.)
    List of GACC approved enterprises >
    GACC-2-1 Exporter
    >
    GACC-2-2 Enterprises White-list

       ☼  GACC-1 registration of overseas producer

    For all food products, before exported to China, the overseas producers need to apply for GACC registration according to the food categories.

    There are “32 Food categories for GACC registration”, 14 of which are low risk categories and 18 of which are medium and high risk categories; Under each category group, different subcategories are subdivided. each food subcategory requires a separate GACC registration number;

    For different food categories, the producer GACC registration process, application documents requirements, time and cost are different.

    GACC register types GACC-1-1 GACC-1-2 GACC-1-3
    GACC registration number digits 18 digits
    (Sample: CUSA23032201210001 )
    18 digits
    (Sample: CUSA06022207080002)
    18 digits
    (Sample: CUSA01012405060081 )
    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
    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.
  • Risk level Low risk level Medium risk llevel High risk llevel
    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)
  • Other processed food
  • Bee products,
  • Egg products,
  • Edible oils and fats,
  • Oilseeds (Except for inclusion in GACC-2-2 type),
  • 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,
  • Meat products,
  • Aquatic products,
  • Dairy products,
  • Bird nest products,
  • Foods for special dietary purposes,
  • Health foods,
  • GACC registration valid eriod 5 years 5 years 5 years
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    GACC registration process time 1-2 months 2-4 months 6-12 months
    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;
  • List of GACC approved enterprises >
    GACC-1-1 Manufacturers
    >
    GACC-1-2 Manufacturers
    >
    GACC-1-3 Manufacturers
    From 2022, the GACC registration number for oversears manufacturer is upgraded to 18 digits,

    This GACC register No. needs to be printed on the Chinese label of imported food , then can pass the China Customs Clearance.

    The old 10-digit registration number for overseas food manufacturers (also known as the old AQSIQ registration number), has been invalidated  

       ☼  GACC-5 product listing of imported food


    For all food products exported to China, in addition to applying for category registration, the producers also need to apply for GACC-5 product listing , obtain permit of 13-digit China HS-CIQ code (Example: 2204210000-999 Other wine of fresh grapes, in containers holding 2L or less) ,Then can be exported to China.

    Important note:
    It is very important to correctly register the China's 13-digits HS-CIQ code of the product.
    If the China HS-CIQ code  registration is incorrect, Will result in customs clearance failure..
    It is recommended to confirm the correct Chinese HS code and CIQ code with your Chinese importer or customs broker,
    Then submit the GACC product listing application with correct Chinese HS code and CIQ code ;

    Like the GACC-1 producer registration, GACC-5 product listing is also classified into three risk levels (GACC-5-1 low risk, GACC-5-2 medium risk, GACC-5-3 High risk)

    For different food categories, the GACC-5 product listing process, application documents requirements, time and cost are different.

       ☼  GACC registration typical examples

    Example 1:
    Brief introduction:
    Exporter: "A trading company" purchases wine products from " B Chateau Winery", then exports them to China.
    Products involved:
    Brand A: Red wine, White wine, whiskey,
    Brand B: Red wine, White wine, whiskey,

    GACC registrations Types that need to be applied for:

    1. "A trading company" need to apply for GACC-2-1 general exporter registration;

    2. " B Chateau Winery" need to apply for two categories of GACC-1-1 manufacturer registration, namely:
    GACC-1-1-2301 Fermented wines and prepared Fermented wines ;
    GACC-1-1-2302 Distilled spirits and prepared Distilled spirits:

    3. " B Chateau Winery" need to apply for the GACC product listing for 6 products, namely:
    GACC-5-1-2301: 4 wine products;
    GACC-5-1-2302: 2 whiskey products;

    Example 2:
    Brief introduction:

    The exporter "A trading company" purchases primary agricultural products from farmers , then exports them to China.
    Products involved:
    Wheat, sesame, green coffee beans, pepper.

    GACC registrations Types that need to be applied for:

    "A trading company" need to apply for 4 categories of GACC-2-2 type export China white list enterprise registration, namely:

    Wheat: GACC-2-2-2211 Edible grains (rice, wheat, barley, corn, etc.),:
    Sesame: GACC-2-2-2212 Oilseeds (soybeans, linseeds, Rapeseeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
    Green coffee beans: GACC-2-2-2250 Unroasted coffee beans, unroasted cocoa beans
    Pepper: GACC-2-2-2230 Natural plant spices



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