Before you export to China, it’s important that you make sure that your products meet local Chinese regulations and standards.
This is mandatory before you can even clear the customs and sell the products to local consumers.
If you don’t have the certificates and documents needed, you’ll risk that the customs seize your goods, get heavy fines or get kicked out of the Chinese market.
In this article I explain about GB standards, what these are, why you need to comply with them and more.
What are GB Standards?
GB is an abbreviation of Guobiao (国标) which translates to ‘National Standards’ in Chinese.
The standards are used for all kinds of products and most of them have derived from the ISO standards we use in the West.
This is good for one reason:
As your products already comply with ISO standards used in the West, there’s a big chance you’ll have less issue to meet the local GB standards.
For some products, especially those that are edible, used by humans (like cosmetics) or have that an impact on the safety, more and stricter GB-standards apply.
Not only are the standards used for the product quality, but also for labelling, usage, storage and more. For example, if you want to export wine to China, there are specific GB-standards explaining how the bottles should be labelled.
Information required on the label, according to the GB labelling standard, can be to show: