Effective October 1, 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) press release:
AQSIQ Published Notice on Registration Rule of Exporters and Importers of Food Product to China.
On April 4, 2012, AQSIQ published a Notice requiring the registration with its Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of exporters and importers of food products to China. For this purpose, AQSIQ developed an E-filing website, http://ire.eciq.cn (bilingual). The new regulations come into force on October 1, 2012. This requirement is distinct from the overseas manufacturing facilities registration requirement which is sector specific and only applies to seafood manufacturers at this time.
US FAS GAIN Report containing an unofficial translation of the Measures (.pdf):
<US FAS GAIN Report pdf>
Home page of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ):
Chinese government's press release:
China launches registration system to record imported food
Monday, October 1, 2012
China on Monday launched a registration system to record imported food in both varieties and places of origin, in a bid to establish a tracking system for food imports and guarantee safety.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) required in a statement that starting Oct. 1, food exporters or agents overseas, together with consignees in China, should make registration of imported food on the filing management system on the website http://ire.eciq.cn.
AQSIQ demanded importers or agents should provide the name of food exporter and importer as well as registration serial number on the management system when they apply for quality inspection and quarantine at customhouses across China.
The consignees of imported food are asked to record the information concerning import and sale on the management system, the statement said.