Do you currently manufacture, process or store food products to export to China? China’s requirements for imported food are changing and you may need to register your business with China.

What are the new registration and labelling requirements?


The new requirements come into effect on 1 January 2022. Businesses will need to take action to meet the requirements prior to this date.

The new requirements cover the registration of overseas food manufacturing, processing, and storage businesses. They also set out labelling requirements. The requirements apply to a broad range of food products. 

There are different registration categories and some businesses already exporting to China may need to apply to be registered with China as early as 22 October 2021 through the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This includes businesses exporting the following products:

  • casings
  • honey
  • edible fats and oils
  • stuffed pasta
  • edible grains and milled grain products including malt
  • fresh and dehydrated vegetables
  • dried beans
  • seasonings
  • nuts and seeds
  • dried fruits
  • unroasted coffee beans and cocoa beans
  • health foods
  • food for special dietary purposes.

Businesses exporting most other food products will need to self-register with China from 1 November 2021.

Learn about the new registration requirements to export food to China.

Attend the webinar


A webinar will be held on 25 November 2021 at 1pm AEDT to provide more information about the requirements.

Register to attend the webinar.