Chinese customs require COVID-19 declaration

Chinese customs now require food and edible agriculture exporters to sign a declaration that their product is free from COVID-19.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued an Industry Advice Notice to help Australian exports respond to this request.

The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) is seeking declarations, in the form of a Letter of Guarantee, that imported food and edible agricultural products comply with China’s laws, regulations and standards including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advice on ‘COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses’.

The request is not specific to Australia. It asks export establishments to take all necessary measures to eliminate food safety risks and protect consumer health and safety if cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 are detected at the establishment. For full details, you can read the full Industry Advice Notice 2020-41.

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