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Unroasted coffee and cocoa beans

According to the list of food products exported to China from countries or regions that meet the assessment and review requirements or have traditional trade, countries or regions that can directly export unroasted coffee beans (green coffee beans) to China: Ethiopia, Austria, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Panama , Brazil, Bolivia, Germany, Timor-Leste, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, Cameroon, Kenya, Laos, Rwanda, United States, Peru, Myanmar, Mexico, Nicaragua, Switzerland, El Salvador, Tanzania, Guatemala, Uganda, Spain, Singapore, Jamaica, Italy, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Zambia, Taiwan.

Countries that can currently export unroasted cocoa beans (raw cocoa beans) directly to China: Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Togo, Ecuador, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Singapore, Indonesia.

Please note that if the origin is not in the above countries or regions, it is recommended to consult and assist in communicating the conformity assessment of the overseas official supervision system.

GACC registration conditions for overseas manufacturers of imported foods are as follows: 
1. The food safety management system of the country/region where the manufacturer is located has passed GACC's equivalence assessment and/or review; 
2. The manufacturer was established with approval by the competent authority of the country/region, and the manufacturer is under effective regulation by the competent authority; 
3. The manufacturer has an established, effective food safety and sanitation management system and protection system, legally produces and exports food in the country/region, and ensures that foods exported to China comply with relevant Chinese laws, regulations, and national food safety standards; 
4. Food exporting to China conforms with relevant inspection and quarantine requirements that have been agreed upon after discussion by the GACC and the competent authorities of the country/region.

The Chinese national standards and regulations that GACC is required to comply with include but are not limited to:
1. National Food Safety Standard   Nuts and Seeds Food GB 19300-2014
2. National Standard for Food Safety Food Additive Use Standard GB 2760-2014
3. National Food Safety Standard Limitation of Mycotoxins in Food GB 2761-2017
4. National Food Safety Standard Limits of Contaminants in Food GB 2762-2017
5. National Food Safety Standard Maximum Residue Limits of Pesticides in Food GB 2763-2021
6. National Food Safety Standard: Hygienic Standard for Drinking Water GB 5749-2006
7. National Food Safety Standard Food Nutrition Enhancer Use Standard GB 14880-2012
8. National Food Safety Standard General Hygienic Specification for Food Production GB 14881-2013
9. 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)

Special reminder for the registration process:

1. Not applicable to the registration management system of overseas manufacturers of imported food (cifer), and different from other imported food registration process.

2. Apply according to the new documents requirements and submission method.

3. Accepted by the new management department of GACC, different categories are reviewed by different experts in the department.


It is recommended to communicate with us for confirmation before registering in order to get the correct guidelines; we remind you that if there is a discrepancy between the information on the internet and our description, our information must prevail!

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

According to GACC Decree No. 248 from January 1 2022, overseas manufacturers of imported food will be admitted in accordance with new policies, regulations and procedures. 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.

Remedy for overseas competent authority's administrative account

Due to the different organizational structure and supervision system of each country, some countries cannot effectively transmit the new GACC regulations and practical guidelines, some are completely unaware of the new GACC regulations, and some have heard of them but they do not know how to obtain the management account granted by GACC and which ones in their own countries. The institution should obtain a management account and conduct classified management; for this reason, our institution will participate in the assistance of embassy personnel when necessary through email, telephone, video conference, etc., fully publicize and implement the essentials of the laws and regulations, understand and discuss the country's governance and supervision system, and successfully implement remedy for multiple cases. Provide in-depth explanations on the use of training and operation guidelines for the management terminal of overseas competent authorities, so that they can fully understand the positive significance of the human-friendly architecture GACC Cifer system as a supporting measure for GACC Decree No.248. more+

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.

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 import of unroasted coffee and cocoa products with the following customs codes is controlled by Decree 248:

HS codes Product name Inspection and Quarantine Code Inspection and quarantine name Product Category
0901110000 Unroasted coffee, not decaffeinated 999 Unroasted coffee, not decaffeinated unroasted coffee beans
0901110000 Unroasted coffee, not decaffeinated 101 Unroasted coffee, not decaffeinated (extracted (other than sun-dried), pressed, cooked, roasted, freeze-dried, dehydrated, candied, fermented, frozen (bleached and fixed, and below -18°C) frozen), pickling, pickling, frying and other processes for processing) unroasted coffee beans
0901120000 Unroasted coffee decaffeinated 999 Unroasted coffee decaffeinated unroasted coffee beans
0901120000 Unroasted coffee decaffeinated 101 Unroasted coffee, decaffeinated (extracted (other than sun-dried), pressed, cooked, roasted, freeze-dried, dehydrated, sugar-coated, fermented, frozen (bleached and fixed, and below -18°C) frozen), pickling, pickling, frying and other processes for processing) unroasted coffee beans
1801000000 Raw or roasted whole or broken cocoa beans 101 Whole or broken cocoa beans (raw), raw or roasted (extracted (other than sun-dried), pressed, cooked, roasted, freeze-dried, dehydrated, candied, fermented, frozen (bleached and finalized) , and frozen below -18 degrees), pickled, pickled, fried and other processes for processing) Unroasted cocoa beans
1801000000 Raw or roasted whole or broken cocoa beans 999 Whole or broken cocoa beans (raw), raw or roasted (other processes) Unroasted cocoa beans
GACC Imported Unroasted Coffee Beans and Cocoa Beans Customs Code (Download)

1. Is the registration completed in the registration management system of overseas manufacturers of imported food (cifer) still valid?

A: The registration status is still valid.

2. Is the newly obtained registration status updated in ciferquery?

A: No, it will not be updated; it will be posted on a new page and updated through an Excel sheet (including the list of companies already registered in ciferquery).

3. Will the applications that have been submitted through the registration management system of imported food overseas manufacturers (cifer) be affected?

A: For applications that have been accepted by GACC, the Food Bureau will continue to complete the review, and subsequently the Food Bureau will slowly take away the content published in this category in ciferquery.

4. Does the overseas producers of roasted coffee beans (cooked coffee beans) and cocoa beans (cooked cocoa beans) need to be registered?

A: Yes, they can register themselves or entrust us.
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)

It is recommended to communicate with us for confirmation before registration in order to get the correct guidelines and not to be misled by other network information or deceived by fraudulent websites pretending to be official.

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