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Vegetables and their products (except fresh and dehydrated vegetables)

Biscuits, pastries, bread

Brewing ingredients

Beverage and frozen beverage


Nuts and seed products




Fruits products(jelly,jam,canned fruits)


Other foods(Candied fruit, puffed food, brewing raw materials, bacteria for food processing, jelly, protein and its derivatives, palm core)

GACC Procedure

  • 01

    Confirm the HS code and the applicable access method.

  • 02

    Register an account on the official website of the General Administration of Customs of China or the Cifer Single Window website.

  • 03

    Log in the account and make the application on-line and strictly conduct self-assessment in accordance with corporate food production hygiene norms and product standards.

  • 04

    Submit an electronic application, fill in the enterprise elements and upload relevant materials as required; if necessary, include but not limited to floor plan of factory and workshop, process flow chart, etc.

  • 05

    GACC review. (1) If documents meet requirements, then the enterprise will get approval.(2) if not, the enterprise will get the rejected feedback and shall modified the documents.

  • 06

    According to the risk analysis and actual work needs, the General Administration of Customs organizes an evaluation team to conduct evaluation and review of the overseas production enterprises of imported food that apply for registration through written inspection, video inspection, on-site inspection, etc. and their combinations, and form an evaluation work report.

  • 07

    GACC reviews the work report of the review team to see if it meets the statutory requirements and standards.

  • 08

    GACC will authorize those registration passed enterprise the registration number according to the evaluation and review, those who fail to meet the registrated requirements enterprises will get the modification notify.

  • 09

    The enterprises approved for registration, China Customs will publish them online in due course.

Our assistance includes but is not limited to:

1. Assist in product classification, determine the corresponding registration method and the best implementation plan.

2. Assist in account registration on GACC website.

3. Assist enterprises to review the registration elements according to food production hygiene standards and product standards, complete self-assessment, and provide continuous improvement plans based on the assessment results, so that they meet the registration conditions check points and China's national food production and product standards. Assist in sorting, screening, editing, and translating the required materials, so that the application materials meet the integrity, authenticity and validity.

4. Assist registration application on the official website.

5. Documents modification if needed.

6. Follow up the approval.
7. Assist in successful access and follow up on the use of registration data for customs clearance, and respond immediately if there are any problems.

8. According to the change of the enterprise, assist the change application.

9. Other enterprise access and follow-up related support.

Laws and Regulations:(Parts)

National Food Safety Standard General Hygienic Specification for Food Production GB 14881-2013

National food safety standard Hygienic specifications for packaging drinking water production GB 19304-2018

National food safety standard Hygiene regulation of factory for wine GB 12696-2016

National food safety standard  Hygienic specifications of pastry factory GB 8957-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specifications of cannery GB 8950-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specification for soy sauce production GB 8953-2018

National food safety standard Good manufacturing practice for candied fruit factory GB 8956-2016

National food safety standard Good manufacturing practice of puffed food GB 17404-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specifications of beer factory GB 8952-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specifications of vinegar factory GB 8954-2016

National food safety standard Codex general technical requirement for food irradiation GB 18524-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specification of chocolate factory GB 17403-2016

National food safety standard Good manufacturing practice for drink factory GB 12695-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic specifications of liquor factory GB 8951-2016

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) System General Requirements for Food Manufacturers GB/T 27341
(If you need to obtain the English version of the above regulations or technical standards, or the official language version of your country, feel free to contact us)

Customs supervision requirements:

1. Overseas manufacturing enterprises shall register with China Customs and obtain registration number in China, they can register through the cifer system.

2. Foreign exporter filing; foreign exporters shall submit an application through the “Internet + Customs” Import Food importer and exporter filing system.

3.Record-keeping for Chinese importers; Chinese importers shall submit an application through the “Internet + Customs” Import Food importer and exporter filing system.


Information required for customs declaration:

1. Certificate of origin;

2. Health Certificate/Health Certificate/Free sale certificate;

3. Contract. Invoice. Packing list. Bill of lading;

4. Composition and percentage;

5. Chinese label;

6. Other auxiliary information and declaration elements;

Note: Imported food shall comply with China’s national food safety standards, national additives standard, limit of contaminants in food, limits of pathogenic bacteria, limits of mycotoxins, maximum residue limit of agricultural and veterinary drugs and nutrition labels for pre-packaged food, and other requirements.

The following imported regular food(non-18 categories) are monitored by Decree 248:

HS codes of imported regular food(non-18 categories) in GACC system (Download)

1. What are the common mistakes in registration?

(1) The product was classified incorrectly, and the wrong access method and procedure were applied.
(2) Failure to strictly follow the "Food production enterprise hygiene standard" to inspect the elements of the enterprise and conduct feasibility assessments.

(3) Electronic application has not been submitted."Application for Registration for Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Regular Food"

(4) Registration application materials or attachments submitted are not in English or Chinese.

(5) The file format is incorrect and cannot be opened.

(6) There is a vacancy in the application materials where the signature and seal of the competent authority is required.

(7) The necessary parts of the application form are incomplete.

(8) The attachments of the application form are incomplete or do not correspond to the description of the content of the application form, which cannot prove the validity of the content of the application form.

(9) There are descriptions in the application form and attached materials that are obviously inconsistent with Chinese regulations.

(10) The information of the exported products cannot be accurately listed in the application, so that the customs clearance failure and needs to be urgently added. (Overseas manufacturers generally register according to the actual product strictly corresponding to the HS CODE, but Chinese brokers or freight agencies generally classify HS CODE according to the most preferential tax rate or the lowest supervision conditions or the simplest operation methods. There are cases that different ports and different freight agencies use different HS CODE for the same foods. There is a possibility of different classification, and our agency have to deal with many emergencies caused by the reasonable but misplaced demands of different market entities.)

(11) The application materials provided are contradictory.

2. An example of GACC does not approve review feedback?

3. Is it acceptable to entrust an agent to make the application?
Answer: Yes, according to GACC Decree 248,the overseas enterprise can either make the registration by themselves or entrust agent to assist the application.

4. Application Rules for Registration Number in China?

Answer: The application shall be made based on the factory . The same production factory can apply for multiple registration numbers in China for different categories of products, but the same registration number in China is not allowed to be used for different categories of products.

5. Do exporters or shippers need to record?
A: Yes, the exporter of the trade contract or shipper of BL has to do ire (Original AQSIQ) record. After recording will get an 11-digit record number, the record does not issue certificate nor validity limit. It should be noted that this record is very easy, we are obliged to help applicant record free of charge. Watch out for fraudulent websites.
(In China's administrative reform, AQSIQ no longer exist)

Compliance with food standards by Product Category (Parts):

National food safety standard Biscuits GB 7100-2015

National food safety standard Pastry and bread GB 7099-2015

National food safety standard Canned food GB 7098-2015

National food safety standard Hygienic standard for jellies GB 19299-2015

National food safety standard Pickled vegetable GB 2714-2015

National food safety standard Soy sauce GB 2717-2018

National food safety standard Collagen peptide GB 31645-2018

National food safety standard Casein GB 31638-2016

National food safety standard Frozen drinks and production materials GB 2759-2015

National food safety standard  Preserved Fruits GB 14884-2016

National food safety standard  Lactose GB 25595-2018

National food safety standard Vinegar GB 2719-2018

National food safety standard Condense (Juice, Pulp) for Food Industry GB 17325-2015

National food safety standard Yeast used for food processing GB 31639-2016

National food safety standard Hygienic standard for edible soybean meal GB 14932-2016

National food safety standard Soy protein for food industry GB 20371-2016

National food safety standard Edible alcohol GB 31640-2016

National food safety standard Edible Salt GB 2721-2015

National food safety standard Candy  GB 17399-2016

National food safety standard Monosodium glutamate GB 2720-2015

National food safety standard Beverage GB 7101-2015

National food safety standard Drinking natural mineral water GB 8537-2018

National food safety standard Bottled water for drinking GB 19298-2014

National food safety standard Corn sweetener GB 15203-2014

National food safety standard Fermented wine and liqueur GB 2758-2012

National food safety standard Soybean paste GB 2718-2014

National food safety standard Puffed food GB 17401-2014

National food safety standard Chocolate GB 9678.2-2014

National food safety standard  Sugars GB 13104-2014

National food safety standard Edible fungi GB 7096-2014

National food safety standard  Distilled spirits and liqueur GB 2757-2012

National Standard for Food Safety Food Additive Use Standard GB 2760-2014

National Standard for Food Safety General Rules for Labeling of Prepackaged Foods GB 7718-2011

National Food Safety Standard Food Nutrition Enhancer Use Standard GB 14880-2012

National Food Safety Standard General Rules for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods GB 28050-2011
(If you need to obtain the English version of the above regulations or technical standards, or the official language version of your country, feel free to contact us)

Imported Food Compliance Services

1. Feasibility analysis of food import

2. Regulatory requirements and compliance procedures related to food import

3. Special product pre-license consultation

4. Consultation on other food import problems

Product technical compliance support

Purpose: To determine whether food can be imported into China

1. Determine the product classification and whether it can be imported

2. Check whether the product is illegally added or the dosage and content are not compliant

3. Whether the imported food meets the national food safety standards

4. If there is any non-compliance, propose amendments

Product Label Review

Purpose: To ensure that the Chinese labels of imported products meet the requirements

1. Review the original product standard and give suggestions for revision

2. Review Chinese labels, translate and make Chinese labels

New food raw material declaration and consultation

1. New food raw material compliance consultation and training

2. Identification of new food raw materials

3. Substantial Equivalence Argument

4. New food raw material declaration

The remedy here is a self-definition or appellation of the institution for the following business conditions, and does not mean that the official expression and is not related to any other third-party and economic remedy.

GACC Access Remedy

We provide all-round consultation and analysis. After adjustment and verification, the enterprises meet China's food production safety and hygiene standards, product pesticide and veterinary drug residues and other laws and regulations, but also according to the country (region) and product, free assistance to check the conformity assessment and give non-binding and pragmatic market access feasibility suggestions for reference.

Agent Remedy

The original agent caused unacceptable losses due to lack of technical level and experience; the original agent voluntarily canceled the entrustment or lost contact, resulting in application interruption and economic losses. According to the specific situation, we can continue to register and application service or give free reference suggestions.

Data remedy

In October 2021, GACC arranged to open a "green channel" for registration of 18 categories of food for one month. Some overseas competent authorities submitted incomplete or confusing enterprise elements, such as the address of the enterprise, the country name as the business license number, and the type of product as Names of people, etc., so that the corresponding overseas producers are still unable to use valid GACC codes to assist in customs declaration. Our agency has reasonably relieved many cases.

Training, translating and Consultants

When there is no knowledge or understanding of China's regulatory system, food safety laws and regulations, and access procedures, we can provide paid training translation services to enterprises, so that enterprises can fully understand China's regulatory system, laws and regulations, and can complete the work independently. Enterprise access registration and product labeling compliance work, or become the annual partner of regulatory consulting and product compliance. The team is well established, familiar with the evolution of all regulations, rich in technical reserves, smooth in multilingual communication, convenient in handling affairs, mastering key points of compliance, and understanding of trade customs clearance and quarantine matters. The appointment of consultants is not an open business, and the invitation system is adopted. After evaluation and analysis, those who meet the conditions will be actively invited by our institution. more+

Customs Clearance reject and early warning remedy

Misjudgment caused by enterprise qualification problems, product technology non-compliance, label non-compliance or self-perceived compliance or misclassification in the process of food trade. Sanctions such as return request of shipments, suspension of imports, and revocation of qualifications caused by triggering risk warnings. We can try to assist producer and companies in product compliance, corporate rectification, training, re-certification, re-communication and other measures to promote the process of removing sanctions.

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