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Approval Given for Random Inspection of Import and Export Items

The random inspection of a range of import and export commodities not subject to statutory checks is to begin with immediate effect, according to a statement from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The commodities now subject to random inspections are listed in an appendix to the initial announcement and are said to include air purifiers, lithium batteries, power banks, absorbent and fast-drying garments, anti-UV garments, infant and children’s clothing, children’s shoes, plastic toys and scooters. All such import inspections are expected to take place at ports, arrival stations and any locations where receiving and user units are sited. In the case of export inspections, these will be conducted at manufacturing sites, export ports and relevant distribution centres.

It will be down to local inspection and quarantine bodies to determine when such checks will be implemented, with the target commodities selected in line with regional specialties and priorities. The duration of such checks and any public notification will also be down to the discretion of the local inspection authorities.

The AQSIQ webpage carries further details in the original Chinese related to the Announcement on Conducting Random Inspection of Import and Export Commodities Not Listed in the 2017 Catalogue, as well as the commodities subject to random inspection and the relevant inspection standards.

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