A total of 1,244 Myanmar food processing companies and factories submitted over 2,200 applications to the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) within 15 months, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
According to GACC Decree 248 and 249, GACC registration is mandatory for food exporters starting from 1 January.
Those individuals executing edible oil, oilseeds, stuffed pastry products, edible bird’s nest and related products, edible grains, grains milling industrial products and malt, fresh and dehydrated vegetables, dried beans, plant species, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, unroasted coffee and cocoa bean, special dietary food excluding milk-based formula, functional foods, bee products, aquatic products including farm products, animal products and animal feed and livestock animals businesses need to apply for GACC licence to place their goods in China’s market.
The relevant authorities for the registration with GACC are the Agriculture Department, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the Fisheries Department and the Food and Drug Administration.
Between 1 December 2021 and 3 March 2023, 2,235 applications by 1,244 factories have been forwarded to the GACC through the Agriculture Department (2,094 applications), the Fisheries Department (118), the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (14) and the Food and Drug Administration Department (nine).
Exporters can directly access China International Trade Single Window through https://cifer.singlewindow.cn by creating accounts for those food groups which are not listed on those aforementioned 18 groups.
As of 24 February 2023, a total of 1,826 applications have been successful in registering with the GACC with the approval of the competent authority.
Regarding the registration of the importing companies, the Department of Animal and Plant Quarantine under the GACC will check quarantine access for the imported grains (raw coffee beans, cocoa beans, vegetables, spices, edible grains, pulses, oil crops and herbal animal prod ucts and plant for their origins.
The companies cannot directly proceed with registration and they need to carry out this step through competent authorities and departments concerned by sending an email via [email protected] or submitting a letter to the Chinese Embassy to Myanmar or Myanmar Embassy in China. — NN/EM