How to Export Meat Products to China: The Ultimate Guide

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Increasingly more foreigners want to export meat products to China as everything from Aussie beef to German sausages increase in demand.

Imports of beef and veal increased more than 10 times from 2012 to 2017 and the meat market in China is the second-biggest sector in the country’s retail food market, after the fresh vegetable sector.

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

Exporting meat to China can be difficult for exporters with little knowledge about local import regulations as well as demand.

Topics covered:

  • 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?

Pork is by far the most popular meat product, followed by poultry and beef with the following composition: Continue reading How to Export Meat Products to China: The Ultimate Guide

Exporting Wine to Korea – A Complete Guide

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Korea has one of the fastest-growing eCommerce markets in the world and its population gets an increased appetite for foreign products.

As a result, the imports of wine has skyrocketed since 2000 and the trend won’t change for a long time to come it seems like.

With that said, selling wine in Korea requires that you do due diligence first, learning about the market, trade fairs available, and more. In this article, I cover a wide range of topics about how you can sell wine in Korea as a foreigner.

Topics covered:

  • South Korea’s Wine Market
  • Trade fairs for Wines
  • Shipping and packaging of wines to Korea
  • Import Taxes and tariffs
  • Labeling of wine bottles

South Korea’s Wine Market

Wine imports increase with double digits on an annual basis in Korea and red wine is dominating the imports with a market share of (just over 71%). With that said, white-and sparkling wine gets increasingly popular as well.

Thus, producers of red, white, or sparkling wine all have great export opportunities and to enter the Korean market. Continue reading Exporting Wine to Korea – A Complete Guide

How to Export Olive Oil into China: A Complete Guide

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The Chinese middle class is booming and the imports of foreign products have increased significantly in the past years.

I’ve previously written many export guides that cover some of the most popular food products imported to China. Some examples are guides for wine, meat, and health supplements.

Many believe that the olive oil market is small in China, in a way it is, but will continue to grow much in the coming years. Just to share some interesting data, from 2015 to 2016, Spain exported an impressive number of 32,100 metric tons of olive oil to China.

With that said, before you start exporting or establishing contact with Chinese importers, it’s important that you understand the fundamentals. In this article, I explain all the basics for exporters of olive oil.

Topics covered in this article:

  • China’s Olive Oil Market
  • From which countries do the Chinese buy olive oil?
  • Why does Chinese people buy olive oil?
  • Which olive oils are most popular?
  • Olive Oil Prices in China
  • Import Regulations for Olive Oil in China
  • Can I sell olive oil online in China?

China’s Olive Oil Market

The Chinese market has started to appreciate foreign olive oil for various reasons during the past years. Even if the global consumption of olive oil has decreased, it actually increases in China. With double digits annually. Continue reading How to Export Olive Oil into China: A Complete Guide

How to Export Food Products into China: A Complete Guide

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China will soon become the biggest importer of foreign products. In the past years, increasingly more foreign companies have opened their eyes to the many opportunities available in the Chinese market.

Recently, the Chinese government has also informed that it will become easier for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to import into China, thanks to new regulations.

With that said, exporting food products to China can be challenging for companies that have no or little experience in the market. Therefore, I have written this article where we cover the following topics:

  • Why is the demand for food imports increasing in China?
  • What food products are in demand in China?
  • Import Values for Various Food Products
  • Stricter Chinese Quality Standards Call for Awareness
  • Biggest Exporters of Food to China
  • Regulations when Exporting Food to China
  • Labeling Requirements when Exporting Food to China
  • How can I ship my food products to China?
  • Food Fairs and Tradeshows in China

Why is the demand for food imports increasing in China?

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

First of all, its middle class has grown much in the past years and will continue to do so. 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. Continue reading How to Export Food Products into China: A Complete Guide

How to Export Beer to China: The Ultimate Guide

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The Chinese appreciation of foreign products has grown fast in the past years and beer is not an exception. With a growing middle class and urbanization, we see an increased interest in imported beer brands.

With that said, entering the Chinese market can be difficult as it’s highly competitive and not the easiest to navigate. It’s important that you work with an experienced and reliable partner from day one and that can help with market analysis, product registration, labeling, and more.

Topics covered in this article:

  • China’s Beer Market
  • Where in China should I sell beer?
  • What types of beer are in demand in China?
  • Import Regulations for Beer in China
  • GB Standards for Beer
  • HS Codes for Beer
  • Process when Exporting Beer to China
  • What do I need to include on the beer label?
  • Do I need to get my products tested before I export to China?
  • What are the import tariffs and taxes for beer imports?

Let’s get started and review how China’s beer market has performed in recent years.

China’s Beer Market

The same as the wine market in China, the beer market is growing fast and particularly the craft beer market. This is the trend we see in other regional countries, including Japan and Korea.

I’ve experienced the transition myself, when I lived in Shanghai in 2009, craft beer and foreign beer brands were rarely seen. People mixing 18-year-old Chivas with cheap green tea in bars were pretty common though.

Let me explain:

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How to Export Wine to China: A Complete Guide

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The wine market has grown much in China in the past years and will continue to do so in the coming years.

The middle class and many young people have started to appreciate foreign products, including wine, giving great opportunities to foreign exporters.

But wine belongs to the F&B category that is comparatively more regulated to clothes and home appliances, for example.

Before you start exporting to China, you must learn about the local standards that apply and make sure that you understand the exporting process beforehand.

In this article, I explain the necessary information you need to know when exporting wine to China.

China’s Wine Market

Even if China’s economic growth has slowed down a bit in the past years the Chinese people’s appetite for foreign products continues to grow.

Nowadays, wine is not only bought as expensive gifts or consumed by wealthy Chinese who have traveled much, or spent a couple of years abroad.

Young people have also shifted from drinking local liquors (such as baijiu or yellow wine) to appreciating foreign grape wines.

Worth mentioning is that the Chinese government has cracked down on bribes and politicians who spent vast amounts of money on expensive wines, this is another reason why the demand for wines has decreased recently.

We see a trend where cheaper and more ‘simple’ wine bottles with modern labels get increasingly popular.

Having that said, expensive wines will also be in high demand as more and more people join wine drinking courses, using wine drinking as a way of socializing and to expand their network among the ‘right’ people. Continue reading How to Export Wine to China: A Complete Guide

How to Export Baby Formula to China: A Complete Guide

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Baby formula is one of the most imported products in China as the Chinese put the trust to foreign brands

With that said, comparably strict regulations apply for baby formula and it’s important that you confirm the local regulations, before you start exporting.

There’s also little information about what freight option to use and how to pack the products. This makes it difficult for foreigners to enter China and who have a little about the market.

In this article, you’ll learn about the following:

  • The Market for Baby Formula in China
  • Import Regulations for Baby Formula in China
  • General Laws and Regulations
  • GB Standards for Baby Formula
  • The process when Exporting Baby Formula to China
  • How to Ship Baby Formula to China

Market for Baby Formula in China

As mentioned in previous articles, Chinese people often choose to buy foreign food products as they don’t trust the quality of local brands. Baby formula is not an exception.

I completely understand them as a number of scandals have evolved over the years, the most infamous one is the melamine scandal that occurred in 2008.

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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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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