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China Scraps Label Filing Requirement for First-Time Pre-Packaged Food Imports

The mandatory label filing requirement, as it currently applies to the first-time import of any pre-packaged food items, is to be rescinded as of 1 October this year. The move, as announced by the General Administration of Customs (GAC), will see the labels on such items now subject to customs inspection in accordance with the laws and regulations governing food safety and import / export commodity inspections. Should any such inspection prove less than satisfactory, the foodstuffs in question may not be imported.

In instances where pre-packaged food is selected for an on-site inspection or for laboratory testing, the importer shall provide Customs officers with the appropriate certificate of conformity, the original label affixed to the pre-packaged food (together with a Chinese translation of its contents), a sample Chinese label and other supporting documents as may be required. In the case of the labelling inspection of pre-packaged food imported for display or as samples, carried by passengers or imported through post / express delivery / cross-border e-commerce or any other means deemed valid, this shall be conducted in accordance with the pertaining regulations.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Announcement on Matters Concerning the Supervision and Administration of Inspection of Labels on Imported or Exported Pre-packaged Food (GAC Announcement No. 70 [2019])

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