- Imported organic agricultural products can now be stored in warehouses prior to the release of customs inspection results. In addition goods pre-entry application is no longer required.
On Oct. 18, 2018, Taiwan FDA announced the revision of the Administrative Measures for Imported Food Inspection, which mainly involves the scope applicable to “release in advance”, security deposit issues and the abolition of some requirements.
“Release in advance” is a trade facilitation measure in which products can be given customs clearance in advance of market release and then transferred to designated warehouses prior to release of customs inspection results. If approved they can then directly enter the market. This measure is applicable to food products whose inspection takes over 5 days, such as fresh fruit and vegetable and aquatic products. According to the latest amendment, organic agricultural products will now be eligible for this facilitation measure.
The amendment also stated that if the applicant fails to complete the customs inspection within 90 days after the competent authority agreed to release the products in advance, a security deposit is required when the applicant applies for this facilitation measure next time.
In addition, the requirements of goods’ pre-entry application has been removed from the regulation, because the current pre-entry system is not suitable to cover all traceability information stipulated in “Food Safety Hygiene Management Law”.