Q&A on Importing Frozen Meat Products to China

Q: What are the packaging requirements for imported frozen meat products?


1. Inner and outer packaging must use non-toxic and harmless materials and be intact without any damage.

2. The outer packaging must clearly indicate the country of origin, product name, production enterprise registration number, and production batch number.

3. The inner packaging must be labeled in Chinese with details such as specifications, place of origin (specific to state/province/city), destination, production date, shelf life, and storage temperature. The destination must be labeled as the People’s Republic of China, and the packaging should bear the official inspection and quarantine mark of the exporting country or region.

Q: Under what circumstances should imported frozen meat products be returned or destroyed?


1. If there is no valid import animal and plant quarantine permit.

2. If there is no relevant certificate issued by the official institution of the exporting country or region.

3. If the imported meat products are produced by enterprises that are not registered.

4. If the products fail safety, health, or environmental protection standards.

Q: Can meat from any country be imported into China?


No, only meat products from countries or regions listed on the regularly updated entry list by the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau are allowed. If a country is not on the list, an application must be submitted to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ). After the Chinese Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) conducts an inspection of the production site and factory, and with AQSIQ’s approval, the country can be added to the next period’s entry list and the meat can then be imported.

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