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China Alcoholic Drink Regulation
Apr 20, 2022
Lennie Tao
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1. Competent authority

Competent authority


State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)

Market supervision

National Health Commission (NHC)

  • National standard drafting

  • New food ingredient registration

General Administration of Customs of China (GACC)

  • Customs inspection, quarantine, and declaration

  • Overseas food manufacturers registration

2. Market access approval

2.1  Import permit at state level

As long as alcoholic drink products meet corresponding national standards in China, they are allowed to be exported to China.

2.2  Overseas manufacturer registration

According to Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food, overseas manufacturer registration is mandatory for all imported food products. Alcoholic drink manufacturers shall visit the registration system and apply for the registration by themselves or by their agents.

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2.3  Inspection and quarantine

Alcoholic drink products, such as wine, beer and liquor, are subject to imported food sanitation inspection instead of quarantine. Inspection items include the check of Chinese label, foreign matter, the existence of prohibited food additives and other items related to sanitation.

2.4  Exporter and importer filing

Regardless of food categories, the overseas exporters (or their agents) and importers in China shall log into this system and get themselves filed with GACC.

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3. Product compliance

3.1  Product requirements

The national food safety standards specify the definition and technical requirements (ingredients, sensory requirements, physicochemical indicators, microorganism level, etc.) of alcoholic drink products. Please refer to the corresponding GB (mandatory) or GB/T (recommended) standards for more details:


Referenced GB standard


Beer (including zero-alcoholic beer)

Distilled liquor and blended alcoholic drinks

GB 2757-2012 National Food Safety Standard — Distilled Liquor and Formulated Liquor

3.2  Label

The labeling of alcoholic drink products shall follow the general rules such as GB 7718-2011 General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods and GB 28050-2011 General Rules for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods. Besides, the registration number of overseas manufacturers should be indicated on imported alcoholic drink products as per Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food.

It is noteworthy that alcoholic drink products are subject to some additional labeling requirements specified in their GB or GB/T standards. A summary of special requirements can be found below.


Additional requirements


If enterprises choose to manufacturer products according to the mandatory standard GB 2758-2012 (since they can also choose to follow the corresponding recommended standard):

  • The alcoholic content should be indicated in the unit of "% vol".

  • Beer shall be labeled with the title of “Original Wort Concentration” and in the unit of Plato scale “°P”.

  • Products should be labeled with "excessive drinking is harmful to health" or other warning statements. Beer in glass bottles shall be marked with "Do not strike in avoidance of explosion ".

  • Wines and alcoholic beverages with alcoholic strength no less than 10% vol can be exempted from labeling shelf life.


Distilled liquor and blended alcoholic   drink

  • Alcohol strength shall be labeled by “%vol”.

  • Product shall bear the warning “Excessive drinking is harmful to health”.

  • Labeling of expiration dates can be exempted for alcoholic beverages whose alcohol strength is not lower than 10%vol.

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