*Establishment listing with China – processed fish products (non-viable, not live)
The Food Safety Bureau (FSB) of the General Administration of Customs, Peoples Republic of China (GACC) maintains a list of registered seafood establishments approved to export non-viable seafood products to China. The list of approved establishments is available at:
GACC Australian approved establishment list.
Prior to export, establishments are advised to confirm their establishment details that appear on export certification for their consignments match the establishment details on GACC's published list. Exporting product on certification that does not match the published list could result in detainment of consignments.
The Department submits a list of establishments who are export registered to manufacture seafood products. The lists are submitted on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December for China to review and publish the approved establishments on their website.
The Department cannot confirm the timeframe for GACC to update the completed list following our quarterly submissions. The Department utilises every opportunity to progress Australia's applications and listings requests, though the timing of listing is generally outside of the Department's control.
Seafood products exempt from the non-viable eligible species list
The Department has been advised that the (non-viable) eligible species list is not applicable to products whose Harmonised System (HS) tariff codes are located in 1603000090-1605909090 or 2103909000:
- 1603 – Extracts and juices of meat, fish or crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
- 1604 – Prepared or preserved fish (whole or in pieces, but not minced) and caviar and caviar substitutes prepared from fish eggs
- 1605 – Crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, prepared or preserved
- 21039090 – Sauces and preparations therefor, containing more than 20% by weight, fish crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates.
Industry can investigate whether their seafood products may be legitimately tariffed under the above Harmonised System Codes and therefore exported to China without the need for non-viable eligible species listing. If you are unsure of the Tariff code being applied to your product you should contact your importer or customs broker for further information.
**Establishment listing with China – live fish
The Animal and Plant Quarantine Division (APQ) of GACC requires a list of registered seafood establishments approved to export live seafood products to China.
In August 2019 the Department provided APQ with an updated list of live establishments. APQ has acknowledged receipt of the list but has not yet advised if the list meets their requirements or if the list will be made publicly available. We will continue to follow up and provide industry with updated information as it becomes available.
Export establishments that have not previously exported live seafood products to China should:
- note that exports will be at their commercial risk until the Department is able to confirm that APQ has accepted our listing submission
- work closely with their importers and consider sending small shipments initially to confirm their approval to export and successful clearance of consignments
- notify the Department immediately should they experience difficulties with clearance of consignments.
Live seafood species exported to China must also be eligible under
China's live eligible species list for Australia.
***Listing for exporters
China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (now GACC), introduced Decree 55 on 1 October 2012 as part of China's food safety law. Decree 55 requires Australian exporters and agents, as well as Chinese importers, to complete a web-based registration process. Company details must be registered through the
Chinese government's e-platform.
The Department understands the registration process is administrative in nature and is the responsibility of relevant commercial parties. The registration form can be completed
via the portal. When accessing this portal, at the base of the page, there are detailed instruction manuals for exporters and agents, as well as importers, under the section "User Manual". Whilst the manuals contain detailed step-by-step instructions as to how to complete the registration process, it is currently only available in the Chinese language; therefore exporters are encouraged to work closely with their importers to provide the required information.
The Department understands that the portal has the capacity to capture basic information of exporters, agents and importers, including name, address, contact details and the type of food commodity (via a checkbox option). The portal has the capacity to capture multiple importers for each exporter, and does not require the input of consignment specific information. The portal also allows amendments to registered information to accommodate for changes in exporter/agent/importer details, as well as being able to indicate the status of registration applications.
This Chinese Government Listing process is independent of other listing requirements.