Regarding the Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for the Wild Aquatic Products from Brunei
In accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, and the inspection, quarantine, and health requirements agreed upon by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam regarding the import of wild aquatic products from Brunei to China, the following stipulations are effective immediately for the import of Brunei wild aquatic products that meet the relevant requirements:
I、Basis for Inspection and Quarantine
- The Laws of the People's Republic of China on Entry and Exit Animal and Plant Quarantine, its implementing regulations, the Law on the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities, its implementing regulations, the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, and its implementing regulations.
- The Administrative Measures for the Safety of Import and Export Food of the People's Republic of China and the Regulations on the Registration Management of Overseas Production Enterprises for Imported Food.
- The Protocol between the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam on Inspection, Quarantine, and Veterinary Health Requirements for Wild Aquatic Products Exported from Brunei to China (hereinafter referred to as "the Protocol").
II、Scope of Imported Products:
Aquatic animal products and their derivatives intended for human consumption, aquatic plant products and their derivatives, excluding species listed in the CITES Appendices and the Chinese National Key Protected Wild Animal List (LSKPWA), live aquatic animals, and reproductive materials of aquatic animals and plants.
III. Requirements for Production Enterprises:
Production enterprises (including processing enterprises, fishing vessels, transport ships, processing ships, and independent cold storages) exporting wild aquatic products to China should be officially approved and effectively supervised by Brunei authorities. Their sanitary conditions should meet the food safety laws and regulations of both China and Brunei.
According to the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China and the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Entry and Exit Animal and Plant Quarantine, production enterprises exporting wild aquatic products to China should be recommended and registered by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism of Brunei Darussalam (hereinafter referred to as the Brunei Party) to the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the Chinese Party). Unregistered enterprises are not allowed to export to China.
IV、Requirements for Imported Products：
The Brunei side shall ensure that the wild aquatic products exported to China comply with the following conditions:
1. Legally caught in Brunei or international waters.
2. The raw materials and products are not from areas with the following issues:
2.1Occurrences in Brunei of aquatic animal diseases listed in the "Catalog of Entry-Exit Animal Quarantine Diseases of the People's Republic of China" and those required to be notified by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), affecting or potentially affecting the exported wild aquatic products to China.
2.2 Any major food safety incidents in Brunei that have affected or may affect the exported wild aquatic products.
2.3 Serious violations by the exported or to-be-exported wild aquatic products from Brunei against the laws and regulations of China and Brunei and the stipulations of "the Protocol."
2.4 Any major public health incidents at the production enterprises, such as employees infected with serious infectious diseases, contaminating or potentially contaminating the exported wild aquatic products, their packaging, or transportation tools.
2.5 Contamination of the fishing area, such as by radioactive substances, contaminating or potentially contaminating the exported wild aquatic products.
3. Neither directly nor indirectly use any drugs or additives prohibited by both parties. Comply with the regulations regarding the use of drugs or additives limited or allowed by both parties. After inspection by competent authorities, no pathogenic microorganisms, toxic or harmful substances, and foreign matters listed in the laws and regulations of China and Brunei are found.
4. All exported wild aquatic products to China must pass the inspection and quarantine by the competent authorities of Brunei and are safe, hygienic, and suitable for human consumption. No pathological indications of infectious or parasitic diseases are found, nor any aquatic animal diseases listed in the "Catalog of Entry-Exit Animal Quarantine Diseases of the People's Republic of China" and those required to be notified by WOAH.
5. The entire process of catching, processing, packaging, storing, transporting, transshipping, and exporting shall comply with the relevant health and traceability requirements of both parties, as well as meet the relevant safety and hygiene requirements of the cold chain.
Each batch (every container or vehicle) of wild aquatic products exported from Brunei to China must be accompanied by at least one original health certificate. This certificate should attest that the batch complies with the relevant food safety laws and regulations of both China and Brunei, as well as the stipulations of "the Protocol." The Brunei side must completely fill in the health certificate with information about the production enterprises involved in the entire process, including fishing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, transshipment, and export. This includes the names and registration numbers of processing plants, fishing vessels, transport ships, processing ships, and independent cold storages, ensuring no omission of any production enterprise involved in these stages.
The certificate must be printed in both Chinese and English (with English being a mandatory language when filling out the certificate). The format and content of the certificate must be approved by both parties beforehand. The Brunei side should promptly provide the Chinese side with samples of the health certificate, official issuing authority's seal, and the handwriting of the signing officer for record-keeping. Should there be any changes in the content and format of the health certificate sample, the official issuing authority's seal, and the handwriting of the signing officer, the Brunei side must register these changes with the Chinese side at least one month before they take effect.
VI、Packaging and Labeling Requirements
The wild aquatic products exported from Brunei to China should have both external packaging and individual internal packaging. Both internal and external packaging must be new materials compliant with international health standards and meet the requirements to prevent external contamination.
Labels in both Chinese and English, or in Chinese, should be affixed to both the internal and external packaging. The content should include: product name and scientific name, specifications, production date, shelf life, batch number, storage conditions, production method (wild catch), name and registration number of the production enterprise, production area, and address of the production enterprise (specific to the state/province/city), and destination (marked as the People's Republic of China).
For wild aquatic products exported to China in pre-packaged form, the Chinese label on the pre-packaging must comply with China's import requirements for pre-packaged food labels.
The Chinese customs will implement import inspection and quarantine for wild aquatic products exported to China.
For non-compliant products, measures such as return, destruction, or other treatments will be implemented in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations. For production enterprises that experience severe issues or repeated non-compliance, the Chinese side will take measures such as intensified inspection and quarantine or suspension of imports.
This Chinese content is sourced from the official website of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC). The English translation is provided by our company for reference only. If you wish to learn more about the registration details of relevant overseas production enterprises, please feel free to contact us.
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