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China (People's Republic of) – Export requirements for milk and dairy products

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1. Eligible/ineligible product

Milk and dairy products according to the list of codes of the category 17. Dairy, which is on the CIFER platform. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the products being exported will be covered by the certificate(s) issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).



2. Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country


China Decrees 248 and 249

CIFER profiles (also called accounts)

Registration and other processes in CIFER

Note: CFIA is unable to implement any changes to the CIFER system or processes as it is developed and maintained by GACC.

Verifying establishment registration in CIFER


Note: For products that do not require other approvals apart from CIFER, (for example, ice cream) the manufacturer does not need to be on the list of the establishments.

3. Product specifications

Chinese GB standards
Product GB standard Issue date Implementation date
Raw milk GB 19301-2010 2010-03-26 2010-06-01
Pasteurized milk GB 19645-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Sterilized milk GB 25190-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Modified milk GB 25191-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Fermented milk GB 19302-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and formulated condensed milk GB 13102-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Milk powder GB 19644-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Whey powder and Whey protein powder GB 11674-2010 2010-03-26 2010-12-01
Cream, butter and anhydrous milk fat GB 19646-2010 2010-03-26 2010-06-01
Cheese GB 5420-2010 2010-03-26 2010-06-01
Processed cheese GB 25192-2010 2010-03-26 2010-06-01
Infant Table Note 1 formula GB 10765-2010 2010-03-26 2011-04-01
Older infants Table Note 2 and young children Table Note 3 formula GB 10767-2010 2010-03-26 2011-04-01

4. Production controls and inspection requirements

The inspector must verify during a preventive control inspection that the manufacturer is aware of the standards and requirements of China and has a specific export procedure in place. This procedure must contains the following elements in particular:

Note: To obtain an export certificate, the manufacturer must provide a letter (on a company letterhead and signed by an authorized person of the establishment) stating that they are aware of China's standards and requirements and that a specific export procedure to the product that will be exported to Chine was developed. This letter must accompany the export certificate request for dairy products. The letter template below: Manufacturer's Declaration for Export to the People's Republic of China, RDIMS 8144135, can be used. CFIA will keep this letter on file.

Company letter head – En-tête de la compagnie

Manufacturer's Declaration for export to the People's Republic of China
Déclaration du fabricant pour l'exportation vers la République populaire de Chine


To the CFIA inspector / l'inspecteur de l'ACIA,

I the undersigned certify that I am aware of China's food safety standards and requirements, and that a specific procedure to the product that will be exported to China was developed. / Je soussigné atteste avoir pris connaissances des normes et exigences de sécurité alimentaire de la Chine et qu'une procédure spécifique au produit qui sera exporté vers la Chine a été développée.

Name and registration number of the establishment / Nom et numéro d'enregistrement de l'établissement:


Name of the product as per the Chinese list / Nom du produit selon la liste de la Chine:


Name of Authorized person / Nom de la personne autorisée :

Title / Titre :

Signature :

Manufacturer's declaration

Note: Inspectors will verify that the manufacturer's declaration is completed appropriately and reserve the right to request any other information that they think is necessary for the final certification of the product.


The manufacturer must develop and implement control programs to demonstrate that products produced for the Chinese market meet applicable requirements and to assure complete segregation when both eligible and ineligible products are present on the premises.

Certification requirements

Health certificates issued by the CFIA contain animal health and public requirements.

Imported dairy ingredients

The use of imported dairy ingredients from certain countries may limit the ability to export to China. The exporter must provide Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with all relevant documentation (official documentation from the competent authorities) for the imported dairy ingredients. Any supporting document must be in one of the two official languages of Canada.

5. Packaging, labelling and marking requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to meet all the requirements for labelling, packaging and marking requirements as required by the importing country.

As of January 1, 2022

Note: the packaging and labelling requirements of foods produced before January 1st, 2022, shall follow the original requirements that were in place prior to the implementation of Decrees 248 and 249.

Establishment Registration Number on packaging

6. Documentation requirements

Canada has a negotiated certificate with China. Any request to add an additional statement to the certificate must be confirmed by CFIA's Food Import Export Division (FIED).



7. Other information

Exported products transiting through a country may require transit documentation. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the shipment will be accompanied by all necessary certificates.

Samples (personal or commercial) may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with their importer.

Establishments are encouraged to verify with their importer prior to shipping that they are registered in CIFER for the correct HS and CIQ Codes. Incorrect HS or CIQ codes in CIFER may delay or prevent shipment clearance upon arrival in China.

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