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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Exporting food products in China: Labeling and customs inspections

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Exports in China

China’s increased wealth has led to an clear increase in consumption of imported food and agricultural products. Chinese imports of U.S. food and agricultural products increased from US$12.1 billion in 2008 to US$25.9 billion in 2012. EU Food and Drink Exports to China is rising as well. This makes China the largest export market for agricultural products.

Entering the Chinese market requires leaving the premise that the sale of foodstuffs is constantly protected by detailed safeguards regarding security, health and information on the food product. In light of this, the entrepreneur who sells food products to buyers abroad must pay strict attention to the conformity of the products, to current regulations and necessary importation procedures. Continue reading Exporting food products in China: Labeling and customs inspections