On July 29, 2021, MFDS issued the Guideline of Foreign Food Facility Registration1, in which the frequently asked questions about foreign food facility are listed. ChemLinked compiled them into English for enterprises' reference.
"Foreign food facility" is referred to as "a facility located abroad where the imported food is produced, manufactured, processed, treated, packaged, or stored, etc." Registering a foreign food facility is the first and a significant step to sell foods to South Korea.
ChemLinked has released an article2 outlining how to register a foreign food facility.
(1) Mandatory dossier:
Documents attesting authorization/registration/declaration of the foreign food facility according to the exporting country law.
Documents concerning the foreign food facility's safety control system, such like HACCP, ISO22000, etc.
Documents of importer’s information for further confirmation when required.
The importer intending to sell foreign foods in South Korea or the owner/operator of the foreign food facility can apply for the foreign food facility registration.
The facility where the imported food is produced, manufactured, processed, treated, packaged, stored, etc., is subject to the "foreign food facility registration". Therefore, enterprise B needs to file the foreign food facility registration.
As no manufacturing process is involved for agricultural foods, the applicant can register the facility where the foods are packaged as the foreign food facility.
The registration validity is two years. You will receive a notice of renewing the foreign food facility in advance. Then you need to to MFDS and update the registration before the expiry date.
No need to register the facility again. You can still apply for registration renewal.
No need to register the facility again. You can apply for changing the registration information.
Yes, you can renew or change the registration information as long as you are a qualified registrant.