China import preclearance

Food products, cosmetics, and many other consumer goods imported into China have strict control in the forms of such as GB national standards, official decrees, label requirements, and local inspection and quarantine procedures. Various risks exist for both potential and ongoing South American exporters of entering the Chinese market.

China National Standards (GB Standards) are only officially released in Chinese, with many terminologies that lose their actual Chinese meaning when translated into other languages (including English). Additionally, new GB standards and official decrees are often released or updated without warning and/or little grace period, this can catch even the best prepared ones off-guard.

Many goods types, including wine, dairy products, infant formula, etc. require local testing after arrival at the Chinese port, even if it has been previously tested by an oversea laboratory. Product testing will be carried out in compliance with Chinese methods (which may or may not be the same as the exporter’s local testing methods) and depending on the local requirements and specific testing items, it will take 1 to 4 weeks before the goods are allowed to be released.

CCIC South America provide assistance in setting up special a tailor-made pre-shipment service for your goods before entering China, such as Product Pre-testing and Labelling Verification. These services allow you to verify if your good can enter into the Chinese market event before the shipment.

Significant advantages of this service include: