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China to strengthen the inspection and supervision of traceability of imported fresh fruits and cassava starch

Fresh fruit:

Since 1 April 2018, China has strengthened the inspection and supervision of traceability of fresh fruits imported into China, including fruits of Vietnam and of the third country.

Based on the statistics and information on planting areas and fresh fruit packaging facilities provided by provinces and cities, the Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) has sent to the General Department of Customs of China (twice) a list of growing areas and fresh fruit packaging facilities that meet China’s requirements for the eight fruits that Vietnam has been allowed to export to China, including dragon fruit, mango, rambutan, jackfruit, banana, lychee, longan and watermelon (for watermelons, labels can show the planting area and packaging facility must be affixed to each fruit; for other fruits, labels are affixed on the container).

Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade are trying to negotiate to continue opening the Chinese market for the following fruits (in order of priority): durian, grapefruit, passion fruit , sweet potatoes, coconut, custard apple, mangosteen. Households and enterprises need to consider to have a plan to organize production and business appropriately, avoid imbalance of supply and demand, and at the same time, meet partners’ requirements of traceability, packaging specifications to facilitate customs clearance at border gates.

Source: Plant Protection Department - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Cassava starch:

Since 15 December 2018, the Customs Authority of Guangxi (China) has strengthened the inspection and management of cassava and cassava chips exported from Vietnam to China, accordingly: (i) goods (cassava and cassava starch) must be produced by a Vietnamese manufacturing enterprise on the list registered by the competent Vietnamese state management agency with the Chinese Customs Authority; (ii) when carrying out import and export procedures, a plant quarantine certificate must be produced and certified by a Vietnamese quarantine agency; (iii) the label displayed on the packaging must be printed on the packagingbefore being released, not allowing the goods to arrive at the border to use temporary spraying or pre-printed packaging or other forms; (iv) on the packaging, specify at least 5 elements including: place of production, quality rank, production unit, date of manufacture, and clearly stating the goods used in food or industrial use (If using it as food, you do not need to write the quality rank).

The Department of Agro-product Processing and Market Development (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) is the agency in charge of negotiating with the General Department of Customs of China on business lists, packaging specifications, labels and other related issues. Ministry of Industry and Trade is actively coordinating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to exchange and work with the Chinese side in order to create conditions for Vietnamese cassava starch production and trading enterprises conveniently to export to the Chinese market, meeting the requirements of your side.

Source: The Department of Agro-product Processing and Market Development - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development