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China tightens regulations on agricultural imports

By T. Dao

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HCMC – China has revised its regulations on agricultural imports, making it harder to sell the products to its market, the Plant Protection Department said.

Vietnam now has seven traditional export fruits, comprising mango, dragon fruit, longans, lychees, watermelons, rambutans and jackfruits, and five fruits exported via phytosanitary protocols, namely mangosteen, grass jelly, durian, bananas and sweet potatoes, that are allowed to be exported to the Chinese market, the news site Congthuong.vn reported, citing Dr. Phan Thi Thu Hien, a representative of the Department of Plant Protection.

She was speaking at a forum promoting agricultural exports to China held on December 10 by the department.

Currently, China is no longer an unfastidious market, as it requires farmers to meet its requirements on the planting area, including the Good Agricultural Practices standards. At the same time, exporters must specify planting area codes, the name of the packaging facility, and the registration numbers and satisfy the ISPM-15 standards.

Meanwhile, packaging facilities are told to set up quality management and traceability systems, and the contents of the package must be stored separately after applying pest control measures.

Besides, exporting items would be returned or revoked if they did not comply with China’s regulations.

The country also requests overseas food manufacturers, processors and storage facilities granted an HS code in 2021 to update their information before June 30, 2023, under Decree 248.

The department has posted guidelines for registering for the HS code or giving additional information on its portal.

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