What you need to know for export feed and feed additives to China

“Planning to export feed and feed additives to China anytime soon? Find out the procedure about GACC (General Administration of Customs for the People’s Republic of China) to apply for feed and feed additives in China. ”

Faraji Maleta
Ring One Technology Ltd., Beijing, China

According to the inspection and quarantine supervision and management measures of import and export for feed and feed additives to China, the General Administration of Customs implements a registration system for production enterprises in countries or regions that allow the import of feed, and imported feed should come from registered overseas production enterprises.

Overseas manufacturers shall meet the relevant requirements of the laws, regulations, and standards of the exporting country or region, and meet the equivalent requirements of the relevant laws, regulations, and standards of China, and recommend to the General Administration of Customs after being reviewed by the competent authority of the exporting country or region. Recommended materials should include:

(1) Company’s information: company name, address, business license number;
(2) Registered product information: registered product name, main ingredients, usage purpose, etc.;
(3) Official certificate: which proves that the recommended company has been approved by the competent authority and its products are allowed to be sold in the exporting country or region.

The General Administration of Customs shall review the recommended materials. If the review is unqualified, the exporting country or regional competent authority shall be notified to make some changes.

After passing the review, the General Administration of Customs will send experts to the exporting country or region to review its feed safety supervision system after consultation with the competent authority of the exporting country or region and conduct random checks on the manufacturer applying for registration. Manufacturing companies that do not meet the requirements in the spot check will not be registered, and the reason will be reported to the competent authority of the exporting country or region; other manufacturing companies that meet the requirements and not spot-checked will be registered and registered on the official website of the General Administration of Customs Announced on.

The registration for GACC is valid for 5 years.

How to apply for import registration certificate (MARA license) to China?
Application for registration of imported feed and feed additives Article 12 of the “Regulations on the Administration of Feed and Feed Additives” (Order No. 609 of the State Council): “For export to China of feeds and feed additives that have not been used in China but have been approved for production and use by the exporting country, they shall entrust an agency in China to The agricultural administrative department of the State Council applies for registration. For the first export to China of feed and feed additives that have been used in China and the exporting country has approved the production and use, they shall apply for registration in accordance with these Regulations.”

“Administrative Measures for the Registration of Imported Feed and Feed Additives” (Decree No. 2 of the Ministry of Agriculture 2014) Article 3: Foreign companies exporting feed and feed additives to China for the first time shall apply for import registration from the Ministry of Agriculture and obtain the import registration licenses for feed and feed additives Without an import registration license, it may not be sold or used in China.

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture, the imported fish meal is classified to be a single feed, and it is necessary to apply for a MARA registration certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture At the same time, applicants need to apply to the General Administration of Customs for factories “List of countries that allow the import of feed ingredients, pet food, and compound feed”.

At present, leading countries to export fishmeal to China include, Peru, Russia, and Southeast Asia fishmeal all account for the top three. Currently, many fishmeal factories in Southeast Asia have obtained the admission qualification of the General Administration of Customs and they are listed on the GACC.

Fishmeal and fish oil both are under single feed and it is necessary to apply for the factory registration from the General Administration of Customs and have the feed import registration certificate approved by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Currently, there are at least 23 countries that are qualified to legally export fishmeal and fish oil, and other aquatic proteins to China include: Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Denmark, Russia, the United States, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Mauritania, India, Iceland and Congo.