Date: Dec 06, 2019
On November 26, 2019, the General Administration of the Customs of the People's Republic of China (GAC) issued the Revised Draft Management Rules for the Registration of Overseas Production Enterprises of Imported Food (hereinafter "the Draft") for public comments, due December 25, 2019. Specifically, GAC proposes to expand the facility registration scope from the current inventory-based food categories to, potentially, all food categories. This could have a significant impact on overseas food producers who may have to register their facilities in the future, should GAC's net cast wide enough to capture a broader base of food categories.
In addition, the Draft requires that the name and address of the manufacturer, as well as the registration number, shall be labeled on the minimum sales package of food exported to China. Notably, the validity period of the registration is proposed to be extended from the current four years to five years.