General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) requires all overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities to register with the GACC

In April 2021, GACC released two revised decrees. The first decree is the "GACC Decree 248: Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food", which will require all overseas food manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities to register with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC).

The second decree is the "GACC Decree 249: Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety”, which covers a broad range of requirements on food exports to China, including overseas facilities registration, record filing by importers and exporters, quarantine and inspection, and product labeling. 

Both Decree 248 and Decree 249 are slated to enter into force on January 1, 2022. The purpose is to further give play to the important role of the registration system of overseas producers of imported food in the source management of food safety, optimize the registration procedure, and clarify the responsibilities of all parties. 

After the new rules are implemented, overseas companies exporting food to China will have two forms of registration. High-risk food producers will apply for registration with GACC  through foreign competent authorities; Other food producers can apply for registration directly with GACC.


Our experts from WESSLING in China will be happy to assist and advise you so that you can continue to export your foodstuffs smoothly into China. Our services:

  • Consulting on product classification (different product classification may lead to different requirements)
  • Compliance check for Food ingredients and additives, nutritional supplements, health food excipients
  • Consulting on food safety requirements according to Chinese national standards 
  • Label check and translation
  • Special declaration check and suggestion on Chinese label
  • Nutrition label check and suggestion
  • Consulting on safety requirements for packaging material
  • Product marketability and compliance assessment report for China Market