China has emerged as the world’s most important market for both food and beverage industry, making the Chinese market increasingly appealing for foreign enterprises. However, the pandemic and globalization both make it not so easy to export foods to China now. Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly discerning, seeking to consume safe and high-quality food products. Therefore, Chinese government has taken drastic measures to introduce and enforce strict food regulations to ensure food safety, especially during this special pandemic period. China Customs return or destroy thousands of unqualified imported foods every year. So before determining to export foods to China, a good understanding of China food regulation will definitely benefit for you to export food to China.
There are two pathways to export foods to China: traditional trade and cross border E-commerce (CBEC).
- CBEC channel: According to the current policy, only foods included in CBEC positive list can be imported via CBEC channel, and they will be regarded as personal parcels, no need to comply with China regulations, but should comply with regulations of the local country/area.
- Traditional trade channel (also called as general trade): For food imported via traditional trade channel, they should comply with China laws, regulations and standards. The contents below are based on traditional trade channel.
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