China officially opens door to Vietnamese milk

Friday, 2019-10-18 11:04:49
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NDO – The General Administration of Customs of China on October 16 officially announced its approval for the import of milk products from Vietnam.

State-run Chinese media quoted the General Administration of Customs' notice that based on Chinese law and the Protocol signed between the Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the China’s General Administration of Customs, China approves the import of Vietnamese milk from theannouncement date of the notice (October 16).

According to the China’s General Administration of Customs, Vietnamese milk products exported to the 1.4 billion-people market must meet the relevant testingrequirements, including the Food Safety Law and the Law on the Entry and Exit Animal and Plant Quarantine ofChina, the Protocol between the two countries, and other regulations in the supervision, quarantine and import and export of dairy products.

The announcement stated that the dairy products allowed to be exported to China include processed foods wherethe main ingredient is processed cow's milk, pasteurised milk, sterilised milk, prepared milk, condensed milk, powdered milk, formula milk and others.

Chinese authorities also require Vietnamese dairy exporters to obtain approval from Vietnamese authorities and to carry out registration procedures with the General Administration of Customs of China. After that, dairy products must undergo China’s quarantine assessments to obtain a quarantine permit before being officially exported to the Chinese market.

In addition, China also makes specific requirements onhygiene certificates, packaging and brand awareness, andstorage and transportation, among others.