How to Export Meat Products into China: The Ultimate Guide

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Increasingly more foreigners want to export meat products to China. It’s not strange as these are in big demand and some of the most imported products from overseas.

For example, imports of beef and veal increased more than 10 times between 2012-2017, this number just speaks for itself. Yet, it’s not easy to know where to start with the wanting information available online.

Even if Europeans and Aussies have exported beef for years, China has lifted sanctions on beef imports from the US, that were put in place since 2003.

So: the race for American beef exporters, to grasp market shares in China, have just started.

In this article, we cover the following topics:

  • What meat products are in demand in China?
  • Process When Exporting Meat Products to China
  • Regulations (GB standards) for Meat Products Imported into China
  • China Trade Shows for Meat Products

What meat products are in demand in China?

First, it’s good that you get a general knowledge of the local demand for meat products.

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CIQ & Food Packaging Labels in China: A Complete Guide

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It’s always challenging, but exciting to take on a new market when exporting products.

Questions you might ask yourself are: How should I market the products, how should I price the products and what packaging should I use?

An equally important question is: What quality regulations do I need to comply with?

In fact, Chinese inspection authorities has stated that noncompliant labels is one of the biggest reasons for filing noncompliance reports.

The main duties of CIQ

CIQ operates at the Chinese harbors and airports, controlling packaging and labelig of goods that’s both leaving or entering the country.

It’s the authority that can reject your products from being imported into China. Therefore, you should confirm whether your products need CIQ labels, before you start exporting into China.

In this article, I explain the details you need to know about CIQ stickers & food packaging labels required when exporting into China.

What is a CIQ label?

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How to Start Selling on Tmall Global: The Ultimate Guide

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Before Tmall Global, accessing China’s eCommerce market was extremely costly. Perhaps the most expensive market in the world to tap into.

You had to register a local company, open a bank account, and ship products to a local warehouse.

For Startups and Small businesses, this was not even on the table.

But Tmall Global changed everything.

Once Tmall Global opened up in 2014, American and European eCommerce companies could start selling directly to Chinese consumers, on one of China’s largest and most visited online marketplaces.

All this while getting paid in US dollars or Euros, directly to a local bank account.

In this guide, you will learn everything you must know about the difference between Tmall and Tmall Global, Alipay payments, order fulfillment, and both fixed and flexible costs.

What is Tmall.com?

Tmall.com is an eCommerce platform owned by Alibaba Group in Hangzhou. It started out originally as Taobao Mall and a premium alternative to Taobao.com.

For the record, Taobao.com is also owned by Alibaba.com, and by far the largest eCommerce platform in the country. Continue reading How to Start Selling on Tmall Global: The Ultimate Guide

Products Covered Under CIQ in China: A Complete Guide

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One of the most common questions I get regarding CIQ is what products are affected by CIQ when exporting products into China. And what you should prepare as an exporter, to meet the requirements of CIQ.

In fact, the information you find on the internet about CIQ is a bit vague and most websites only write about the organization itself, but not the practical information that you need to know as an exporter.

I think we can both agree that what’s most important for you is to learn how to get started, rather than information when CIQ was established.

Therefore, I’ve written this article explaining what products are covered under the CIQ.

What is a CIQ import license?

Let me explain this briefly first:

A CIQ import license will show that your products have been tested, meet Chinese standards and that you’re eligible to import your products into China.

This is not unique for China, but similar requirements apply in other countries.

Products that require a CIQ import license

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Cost for CCC Certification in China: The Definitive Guide

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Many SME’s get overwhelmed by all the acronyms that are used when doing some research about the standards required. The CCC mark is not an exception.

Not only do they ask about what products that need the CCC mark. The 3 most common questions asked about the CCC certificate are:

  • How much does it cost to get the CCC?
  • How much time does it take?
  • Can I do it myself?

Therefore, I’ve dedicated a complete article where I answer to these questions.

How much does it cost to get a CCC certification?

The answer to this question differ, depending on what products you want to sell in China. It also depends if you want to hire a professional company.

In total, you should expect that the complete CCC certification process can cost you thousands of dollars.

To start with, let’s have a look at the different things that will bring you a cost when applying for CCC.

Costs to CNCA and other involved Chinese authorities

  • Application fee for CCC
  • Fees for product testing
  • Initial and following inspections
  • Travelling and other costs for the persons auditing your manufacturing facility
  • Fees charged by CNCA to let you print/mark your products with the CCC

Cost to hire a translator (if needed

  • Salary (paid on an hourly basis, as a fixed fee or included in whole package)
  • Traveling costs
  • Cost for accommodation and relevant expenses incurred during the trip

The cost to hire a translator is not high in comparison to the total CCC certification. Therefore, I will not cover this cost in this article.

These costs are often absorbed by your consulting company, as they have personnel working with translation.

Costs paid to a consulting company

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Products That Need CCC Certification in China: A Complete Guide

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As I’ve explained in my guide about the CCC mark, a vast number of products need to be certified with the CCC mark, before you start exporting to China.

However, many business owners still have questions related to if their products really need this quality mark. They also don’t know how much it cost to get a CCC certification.

So how can I determine whether my products need to obtain the CCC?

First of all, to get the CCC, your products must comply with a number of GB standards.

GB-standards (called Guobiao standards) which literally means “national standards” in Chinese have derived mostly from Western ISO-standards.

The same as it goes in Europe, you firstly need to comply with a number of ISO-standards, before your products can be CE-certified.

In this article, I won’t cover the GB standards in detail, I just want you to understand how the system is built up, as it can be difficult to comprehend with all the abbreviations.

Instead, I will explain more about the products that need the CCC mark.

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How to Export Food Products into China: A Complete Guide

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China will soon become the biggest importer of foreign products. I think this speaks for itself. In fact, foreign food producers pour in trying to grasp a share of the Chinese market.

You often read about larger corporations that make decent profits selling food here, but this doesn’t cut you off as an SME owner. There are great opportunities for smaller businesses to export food products to China, especially as it’s becoming more online based.

In this article, I explain the essentials you need to know when exporting food products to China.

Why is the demand for food imports increasing in China?

Many people wonder why the imports of food have increased much in China the past years.

Many know that the middle class grows fast. With a population that’s around 1.4 billion people, it’s natural that a large amount of people tends to appreciate foreign products over time, at the same time as wealth increases.

Add on the food scandals that China has experienced the past years, even resulting in deaths. With (nearly) every person walking around with internet access 24/7, information like this spreads fast.

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How to Export Clothes & Textiles into China: A Complete Guide

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The middle class is growing fast in China. Nowadays people are focusing more and more on how they can penetrate the Chinese market, rather than finding cheap manufacturing.

It’s important that you are up-to-date as the market changes quickly, not only due to the fact that the Chinese find most of their products online, but also due to a stronger appreciation of foreign brands.

A product that gets increasingly popular is clothing. If you only sell locally, in the European or the American market, you’ll miss a lot of opportunities to earn decent profits in the Chinese market.

In this guide I explain all the essentials you need to know if you plan to sell clothes in China.

Why would China import clothing and textiles from overseas?

Some of you might wonder if there’s really a market, exporting clothes to China. My answer is: Yes.

Previously, the Chinese went to local stores, or even fake markets buying clothes, as these were the choices they had. Slowly, bigger brands like H&M, Zara and Uniqlo set up physical stores in China (I witnessed it while there).

Nowadays, you rarely find any Chinese going to the local stores or ‘fake markets’, buying clothes, as many foreign brands, like H&M and Uniqlo, cost equally much.  

Even if wealthy Chinese appreciate more high-end brands like Gucci, LV and Hugo Boss, many people can’t afford these clothes and look for cheaper brands.

Some examples are: Daniel Wellington watches (I see a couple of them everyday here in Asia), Fjällräven backpacks (popular among girls, see them everywhere in Asia), Fred Perry piquets and Nike shoes.   

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CIQ – China Inspection and Quarantine: The Definitive Guide

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Exporting to China is not always an easy task, especially if you’re a beginner, planning to export for the first time.

One of the biggest and most costly issues exporters experience is that their products get stuck at the customs, or sent back, as they don’t comply with local CIQ regulations.

CIQ is the organ that can reject imports of your products to China, if you don’t comply with the standards required.

The most preventive way is to apply for a CIQ declaration, before you even export your products to China, as it can save you much time, money and minimize risks.  

In this article, I explain all the essentials you need to know about CIQ when exporting to China.

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CCC – China Compulsory Certification: A Complete Guide

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China has been the major exporter the past years, but times are changing. Nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly popular to export commodities to the Chinese market.

However; as an exporter, you should beware that different product regulations apply in China. And certification requirement is one of the most critical items to confirm prior to exportation.

You’ve probably heard about CE and FCC (in the US), these standards are the most comprehensive worldwide. Less people have heard about China’s equivalent.

In this article, I explain everything you need to know about China’s own certification mark, the CCC-mark, that complies to a majority of products sold in China.

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