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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.
CCC Certification list
In general, CCC is applied to industrial products, such as electrical products, automotive, lighting products and tools, just to mention a few.
As mentioned, it can be compared to the CE mark used in Europe, so you usually don’t see apparel or food having a CE mark.
For SME owners who want to export products like apparel, food, liquors or hairpdocuts to China, I’m happy to say that CCC is not usually applied.
Below you can find all the product categories, including examples, that require to have the CCC mark:
1. Electrical wires and cables
As CE applies to electrical products, it doesn’t come as a surprise that electrical wires and cables need the CCC mark.
Products covered under this product category are usually used in heavy industries, like mining, machining, but not excluding automotive, some products are cord sets (often used for lighting products) and rubber insulated cables.
2. Switches for circuits, installation protective products and connection devices
Some of the products in this category include appliance couplers, plugs and socket outlets and enclosures for accessories fixed electrical installations, in households and others.
3. Low power motors
Low power motors can be used in electrical fans or sewing machines, just giving two examples. Often having a copper coil helping parts of products to rotate.
4. Electric tools
Often used in households and manufacturing industries.
Products covered in this category include electric chainsaws, drills, saws and screwdrivers.
5. Welding machines
Including welding machines, including everything from TIG to wire feeders for welding machines.
6. Electrical appliances used in households (and similar)
Products can be refrigerators, washing machines, hoovers, microwave ovens and coffee brewers, just to mention a few.
7. Audio and video apparatus
Products include audio tuners, radio receivers, video recorders, antenna amplifiers and picture display tubes.
8. IT products
Including WLAN cables and routers.
9. Lighting products
Including ballasts, luminaires, spotlights and outdoor lighting.
10. Telecommunication terminal equipment
Some products include handsfree sets for cellphones, telephone conference equipments, video phones and analogue phones.
11. Motor vehicles and safety parts
Including automotive, motorcycles, safety belts, horns brakes, fuel tanks and rearview mirrors for example.
12. Motor vehicle tires
Including cars, motorcycles but not excluding electric scooters and similar.
13. Safety glasses
Can be safety glass for buildings and vehicles, laminated, tempered or insulated.
14. Agricultural Machinery
Including knapsack sprayers that are manual or have a motor, and other equipment used for crop protection.
15. Latex Products
Including safety gloves, condoms and others.
16. Medical Devices
Products include equipment in hospitals, stethoscopes, fever thermometers and digital birth control equipment just to mention a few.
17. Fire fighting equipment
Including hoses, fire extinguishers, protective masks and clothes.
18. Detectors for intruder alarm systems
Including all products used to detect burglar alarm systems and related equipment.
Including tricycles, children’s bicycles, children’s cars, electric toys, plastic toys and baby toys.
The above products are just examples used for each category.
It’s important that you confirm whether your specific products need the CCC mark, and the GB-standards required to get the mark.
Can I get an exemption to apply for the CCC mark?
It’s possible to get an exemption from using the CCC mark, but you need to apply for it in advance and it till not be done in a day.
Exemptions might be granted under any of the following circumstances:
a. For prototypes or products that are used for research (including test samples)
b. Products to be used at fairs and trade shows
c. Products that are processed in China and, as part of a larger product and imported back again
e. Spare parts (as the original products have the CCC mark)
To read more about how you can apply for an exemption, I recommend that you read my complete guide about the CCC mark (see beginning of the article).
The CCC mark, China’s equivalent to CE in Europe and FIC in the US, is applied for electrical appliances, toys and machines for example.
If you’re an exporter of food, clothes, makeup or hair products (like hair wax), you’re not obliged to use the CCC.
This makes sense, as you don’t see CE-marks for these kind of products in Europe. On the contrary, you’ll be sure to find the CE mark on products like electrical toothbrushes and cell phones.
It’s possible to get a CCC exemption if you meet certain criteria, for example, if your products will be used on display at fairs or for testing.
I highly recommend that you read my complete guide about the CCC mark, to learn more about it and how you can apply for it.
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