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In an announcement this week, the Chinese State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration of the General Administration of Customs of the Ministry of Commerce announced the further strengthening of the supervision of the quality of the export of anti-epidemic materials. The announcement, published on the ministry’s website here, states that with the global pandemic, and “in order to more effectively support the international community to jointly cope with the global public health crisis, the relevant measures for further strengthening the quality control of epidemic prevention materials and regulating the export order are announced as follows:


  • Non-Medical Masks – As of April 26, non-medical masks for export should meet Chinese quality standards or foreign quality standards. Non-medical manufacturers must obtain foreign standard certification or registration from the China Chamber of Commerce. A list of approved manufacturers and products are posted on the General Administration of Market Supervision’s website. For orders submitted prior to April 26, the exporter and importer must submit a joint declaration.
  • Medical Materials – As of April 26, manufacturers and exporters that have obtained new coronavirus detection reagents, medical masks, medical protective clothing, ventilators, and infrared thermometers whose products have obtained certification or registration of foreign standards must submit a written declaration of quality standards. Both parties are verifying the commitment that their products meet the quality standards and safety requirements of the importing country, and the customs will check and release them based on the list of manufacturers that have obtained certification or registration of foreign standards provided by the Ministry of Commerce.

Importers are strongly encouraged to work with their suppliers/manufacturers to ensure they are on the approved list by the Ministry of Commerce. Manufacturers may submit their appropriate documentation to be approved here. Ensuring this is completed prior to shipment of the goods, expedites the declaration process and lessens the likelihood for customs inspections.

Source: Mallory Asia-Pacific