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China (People's Republic of) - Export requirements for all other foods and agri-food products

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Eligible/ineligible products

Eligible products

Under Decrees 248 and 249, food and agri-food product types have been classified by China's General Administration of Customs China (GACC) as either "high risk", "medium risk", or "low risk".

Note: For information on "high-risk" food products for export to China, please refer to the individual product type webpages for meat and poultry, fish and seafood, and milk and dairy products in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Food export requirements library.

Ineligible products

Food or agri-food products for which Canada does not have market access are not eligible for export to China. Such products cannot be registered, that is, cannot be added by establishments to their profiles in the China Import Food Enterprise Registration (CIFER) system.

Currently ineligible "medium risk" products include:

Currently ineligible "low risk" products include:

For more information, please refer to Documentation requirements (Non-CIFER)

Note: Exporters who are interested in exporting currently ineligible products to China may contact Agriculture and Agri-food Canada's (AAFC) Market Access Secretariat (MAS) by email at: aafc.mas-sam.aac@canada.ca.

Pre-export approvals by CFIA

Pre-export approval by CFIA required under China Decrees 248 and 249

Licencing under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Note: SFCR licence expiry - Establishments are advised to renew their existing SFCR licence with the CFIA well in advance of their SFCR licence expiration date. Expiration of an SFCR licence automatically leads to CFIA issuance of a new SFCR licence number after the lapse in SFCR registration. However, a change in an establishment's SFCR licence number could negatively affect their registration status with GACC and subsequent clearance of shipments upon arrival in China.

CFIA application form

Medium risk establishment identification numbers

Low risk establishment identification numbers

Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country - CIFER system

CIFER profiles and application processes for medium risk establishments

Note: The timelines for GACC reviews and approval processes cannot be estimated by the CFIA. At this time, GACC usually returns establishment application packages multiple times for corrections. It is recommended that after CFIA submission to GACC that establishments monitor their CIFER accounts daily for feedback response from GACC.

CIFER profiles and processes for low risk establishments

Note: CFIA is unable to implement any changes to either the structure or functions of the CIFER system or its processes as the system was developed by and is maintained by GACC. Final decisions regarding establishments and product related approvals are at the discretion of GACC.

Verifying establishment registration in CIFER

Exemptions

SFCR licence

Dry storage establishments

Live animals

Low risk establishments

The CFIA understands that GACC approves "low risk" food and agrifood establishments without CFIA involvement at this time. Therefore, any Canadian establishment classified as "low risk" by GACC may be either licenced or unlicensed in Canada according to existing SFCR requirements.

Product specifications

Market access restrictions

Product registrations

High risk products

For information regarding the export of "high risk" products please refer to the Food export requirements library for meat and poultry, fish and seafood, and milk and dairy.

For the list of "high risk" products, as categorized by GACC, please refer to China's decree 248 – list of high and medium-risk products.

5.4 Medium risk products

For the list of "medium risk" products, as categorized by GACC, please refer to China's decree 248 – list of high and medium-risk products.

Low risk products

Packaging, labelling and marking requirements

Changes as of January 1, 2022

Establishment registration number on packaging

Note: The packaging and labelling requirements of foods produced before January 1, 2022, shall follow the original requirements prior to Decrees 248 and 249.

Documentation requirements (non-CIFER)

Export certificates

Export certificates for honey, honey related products, and bee products for human consumption

Phytosanitary certificates

Some plant products may require phytosanitary certification by CFIA Plant Health prior to export to China. Exporters should contact their local CFIA office well in advance of export to verify whether a phytosanitary certificate is required for specific plant product exports to China.

Canada currently has market access to export the following fresh fruit and vegetable products to China:

Note: Exporters intending to export the above products to China should contact their local CFIA office well in advance of export to discuss the specific activities required to meet China's requirements.

Other information

Audit by GACC

The CFIA advises that food and agri-food establishments which are registered in CIFER to facilitate exports to China may be subject to audits by GACC at any time. CFIA anticipates that the objective of GACC auditors will be to verify establishment compliance with China's regulatory requirements, but the scope of potential future foreign audits is unknown at this time.

GACC general information

Further information on import requirements can be obtained from GACC. The CFIA encourages Canadian establishments to work with their importers in China to confirm the regulatory requirements of food and agri-food shipments prior to export.

Market access enquiries

If Canadian establishments have questions or are seeking support regarding Canada's market access to China for certain food or agri-food products, they should contact the AAFC-MAS single window at aafc.mas-sam.aac@agr.gc.ca.

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