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The Number of Imported Products Rejected by China Customs Hit a New High of 352 Batches in August 2021, and Infant Formula Involved

Five batches of dairy products including two batches of infant formula were rejected in August.

On Sep. 17, 2021, General Administration of Customs of China (GAC) published the list of non-compliant food products in August. The number of rejected products hit a new high to 352 batches since 2018.

Most non-compliant imported food in August came from Japan (16.8%, mostly snacks), followed by Papua New Guinea (10.5%, all aquatic products) and India (8.7%, mostly aquatic products and spices). The major reasons for the import rejection were:

  • Lack of inspection & quarantine permit (30%)

  • Detection of animal epidemic diseases (16%)

  • Lack of required documents or evidential materials (16%)

  • Exceeding the use of food additives/nutritional fortification substances (11%)

  • The discrepancy between cargo and certificate (6%)

Noteworthy Products 

1. Dairy & Infant Formula 

Five batches of dairy products, including two batches of infant formula and three batches of whey protein powder, failed customs clearance in August. Among them, two batches of whey protein powder were rejected for substandard fat content and one batch for excessive bacteria. Notably, both two batches of infant formula were rejected due to unqualified labeling. One batch comes from Nutribio and made in France, the other is from Mille Food, a Danish dairy maker. To make sure your products are allowed to sell in China, please check China Infant Formula Food Regulation and China Food Labeling Regulation for all compliance requirements.

2. Aquatic Product 

The number of rejected aquatic products reached a striking 143 batches, occupying over 40% of the total rejection. Lacking in inspection and quarantine permit is the main cause for import failure. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, aquatic product has been suffering turbulent headlines about its correlation with virus transmission, which is bound to bring more supervision on imported aquatic product. Therefore, stakeholders shall be more careful and fully comply with Chinese regulations. Please check "Administrative Measures on Safety of Import and Export Food of the People‘s Republic of China" and "Administrative Provisions on Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Foods" for the import requirements of aquatic products.

Recommended webinar: Prospect of Exporting Aquatic Products to China and Regulatory Compliance

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