China Relaxes Rules on Food, Beverage, Cosmetics Imports

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Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

Increased exports of the country's food, beverages and cosmetics products to China are anticipated following the Chinese government's decision to decentralize its registration and approval system.

Trade and Industry Secretary Peter B. Favila said that starting April this year China has allowed label registration of food and beverages to be done by local inspection and quarantine bureaus (CIQs) at the port of entry.

"This means lower costs and faster processing time to introduce new products in China," said Trade and Industry Secretary Peter B. Favila.

Commercial Attache in Beijing Enrico Mariano reported to Favila that the new procedure could hasten importation of new foods and beverages into China.

For the past two years, launching a new food product for the Chinese market required a label registration with the State Administration on Quality, Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ), the national safety authority in Beijing.

Under the new system exporters faced long periods without feedback on their applications. And, if an application was rejected, the entire process had to be repeated. …