China Abolishes the Consular Legalization Procedure for Foreign Public Documents, Affecting Food Importation and Product Registration
Oct 30, 2023
As of November 7, 2023, China will greatly simplify the authentication on foreign documents.
Foreign public documents can be used in China after the obtain of a “Apostille” certificate issued by the competent authority in overseas countries, instead of the application for the consular legalization service in overseas countries.
Materials affected by the abolishment involve certain materials used during the product registration or filing, and materials used during the broad importation process, such as certificate of origin, etc.
As disclosed by the news1 released by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 23, China acceded the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents2 (also known as the “Hague Convention” or “Apostille Convention”) on March 8, 2023. The Convention will come into effect in China on November 7, 2023.
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