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Over 1,270 Myanmar food processing businesses apply for GACC within 18 months

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A total of 1,270 Myanmar food processing companies and factories submitted over 2,200 applications to the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) within 18 months, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
According to GACC Decres 248 and 249, GACC registration is mandatory for food exporters starting from 1 January 2022.
Those individuals executing edible oil, oilseeds, stuffed pastry products, edible bird’s nest and related products, edible grains, grains milling industrial products and malt, fresh and dehydrated vegetables, dried beans, plant species, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, unroasted coffee and cocoa bean, special dietary food excluding milk-based formula, functional foods, honey products, aquatic products including farm products, animal products and animals feed and livestock animal businesses need to apply for GACC licences to place their goods in China’s market.
The relevant authorities for the registration with GACC are the Agriculture Department, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the Fisheries Department and the Food and Drug Administration Department.
Between 1 December 2021 and 28 April 2023, 2,279 applications by 1,270 factories have been forwarded to the GACC through the Agriculture Department (2,136 applications), the Fisheries Department (120), the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (14) and the Food and Drug Administration Department (nine).
Exporters can directly access China International Trade Single Window through by creating accounts for those food groups which are not listed on those aforementioned 18 groups.
As of 21 April 2023, a total of 1,844 applications have been successful in registering with the GACC with the approval of the competent authority.
Regarding the registration of the importing companies, the Department of Animal and Plant Quarantine under the GACC will check quarantine access for the imported grains, raw coffee beans, cocoa beans, vegetables, spices, edible grains, pulses, oil crops and herbal animal products and plant for their origins.
The companies cannot directly proceed with registration and they need to carry out this step through competent authorities and departments concerned by sending emails via or submitting letters to the Chinese Embassy to Myanmar or Myanmar Embassy to China. — NN/EM

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