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New Requirement for Food Exports to China Begin October 1

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will require all companies exporting food to mainland China to register with the agency by October 1, 2012.  Agents working with these companies and consignees importing food to mainland China must also register.  As it will take time to process each application, exporters are encouraged to file as soon as possible.  To learn more about these regulations, visit

Although AQSIQ will continue to accept applications for registration after the effective date, only shipments from registered companies and agents will be allowed into the country after September.

The requirement, Decree 55, directs companies to register via visiting the online filing system on the AQSIQ website and clicking on “Initial Registration.” Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Exporter name
  • Agent name
  • Addresses
  • Contact names
  • Phone numbers
  • Food category or categories
  • Applicant’s name and phone number

Once the registration has been filed, the applicant will receive a serial number, which can be used to check the filing process and to modify information already filed. AQSIQ plans to post on its website a list of exporters that have filed with the agency.

If you have questions regarding these new regulations or need assistance registering with AQSIQ, please contact Stephanie Sinner with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at

Please click on the links below for additional documentation.

China Aqsiq Decree 55 Guidance doc

Registration Required for Foreign Food Product Exporters_Beijing_China – Peoples Republic of_6-29-2012