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General conditions

1. General conditions for edible non-prescribed goods

1.1. Prohibited

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is not aware of any edible non-prescribed goods prohibited for export to China.

1.2. Conditions

EX188B 'certificate as to condition' can be issued for a range of edible non-prescribed goods.

Plant-based oils such as canola, olive and vegetable oil, require a phytosanitary certificate but do not require an EX188B.

​Eligible plant products (excluding fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and prescribed grain) exported via China's cross-border e-commerce pathway, may require an EX188B, in addition to any phytosanitary certificate requirement.

​Some processed plant products such as pancake mix require a phytosanitary certificate.

For further information refer to Micor Plants.

2. General conditions for inedible non-prescribed goods

2.1. Prohibited

The Department is not aware of any inedible non-prescribed goods prohibited for export to China.

2.2. Conditions

Compliance with relevant Australian domestic requirements. The Department is unaware of any specific requirement for inedible non-prescribed goods that are for export to China.

Specific goods

Edible apiculture products

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit

Exporters are not required to obtain an import permit; however, they are encouraged to confirm the importing conditions through their importer or, if needed, the government authority of China.

1.2 Listing and audit
Listing and audit procedureRequired?
AuditNot required
Listing – Department's Establishment Register (ER) Not required
1.3 Prohibited products

The Department is not aware of any prohibited edible apiculture products for export to China.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

An EX188B 'certificate as to condition' has been accepted in the past for consignments of edible apiculture products exported to China. The Department can issue an unendorsed EX188B certificate for edible apiculture products. However, exporters are encouraged to confirm the importing conditions through their importer, or if needed the government authority of China.

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

It has been brought to the attention of the Department that Chinese border inspection officials are routinely testing Australian edible apiculture products for the presence of American foulbrood (AFB), European foulbrood (EFB), small hive beetle and Varroa destructor (varroa mite). Producers and freight forwarders should ensure that edible apiculture products do not contain these bee pests and diseases when exporting to China. Positive detections within the consignments will result in the rejection of the entire consignment. Exporters should work closely with importers when sending honey to China to ensure that they are able to meet these importing country requirements.

The Department's understanding is that the only method to screen for the presence of these pests and diseases is using PCR testing prior to the export of honey to China.

Exporters are required to provide the following supporting documents when exporting edible apiculture product to China:

Again, exporters are encouraged to check these requirements with their importer prior to exporting.

3. Other requirements

Honey and other edible apiculture products must satisfy China's national food safety standard GB 14963–2011 issued by the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China. An unofficial draft translation (PDF 670 KB) of this standard provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

4. Exemptions granted by China

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by China for edible apiculture products. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the government authority of China.

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Last updated: 29/07/2021 2:28 PMCreated: 17/08/2020 9:32 AM