What do you know about the China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ)?
The China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) operates under The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in China, and is one of the most important tools the Chinese government has for quality control of goods. There are now 35 CIQ offices in 31 provinces across China.
These offices act as an extended arm of AQSIQ. Some of the CIQ tasks include checking labels, making sure that products have the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) markings and that companies exporting to China comply with local Chinese regulations. In order to do their job, CIQ offices in China work closely with laboratories and local inspection companies.
CIQ ensures that exporters comply with import regulations in China, they inspect and control goods that arrive at airports and ports. Other examples of what CIQ does are inspections, quality controls, making sure that animals and plants that leave or enter China do not bring risks.
Items that do not meet CIQ's requirements will be quarantined and possibly destroyed.
The CIQ inspection
What is checked by CIQ includes the labelling of your products, packaging as well as a visual check that your products are the same as you have provided to the authority. You must also register information about the product itself, such as product name, brand number/models and the products are manufactured.
After the CIQ inspectors have approved your goods, they will stamp the clearance slips. This is important, as customs will require that the clearance slips be stamped before allowing your goods to pass into China.
CIQ-verified labels are required for many products, and the labels are affixed to the goods before they enter the Chinese market. The process of making and receiving such labels usually takes 1-2 weeks.
The following information is required for labels affixed to a product:
1. Name and content of the product.
2. Name of the manufacturer.
3. Ingredient list.
4. Production date and shelf life.
5. Instructions for use of the goods.
The CR number (Customs Registration) referred to as CR code is a customs registration number that you receive after registering your products in the customs system of China. You must include the CR code in the customs declaration to export the products to China.
Our general advice is that you seek expert help when applying for a CIQ verification in China, and when exporting to China in general. By getting help in phase 1 you will reduce the risk of your goods being seized at customs later, and the additional cost you will have to pay in order to handle this problem.
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