Over 480 companies, rice mills, warehouses apply for GACC in H1 2023

This year, 145 companies,161 rice mills and 182 warehouses submitted proposals to the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC), according to the Ministry of Commerce.
Last year, 62 companies, 79 rice mills and 19 warehouses also sent proposals to the GACC in 2022.
The task force calls for Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply for a GACC certificate. After the screening process, the documents of the applicants are forwarded to GACC.
The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol (SPS Protocol) workshop was held on 14 June at the Mingala Hall of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
The SPS protocol is a must for legitimate rice export to foreign countries including China. Over 300 stakeholders in the rice industry including officials of the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), rice millers and exporters were present at the workshop.
Rice is a driven force of Myanmar’s export sector. MRF organized that workshop with a view to make awareness of the SPS protocol measures for biosecurity, rules laid down by the trade partners, increase export earnings from rice exports and availability of rice that ensures food safety in the domestic markets, U Ye Min Aung, president of the MRF emphasized.
He also urged the employers and those in-charge of the rice millers and warehouses to systematically store the rice stocks and to share the export procedures at the event.
The Agriculture Department also discussed matters regarding SPS Protocol inspection, global trading environment, institutions of food safety and the SPS mechanisms, 16 border posts, pest control divisions and procedures to issue the SPS certificates.
Afterwards, officials of the Myanmar Inspection and Testing Service (MITS) also continued discussions about inspection procedures, health, safety and welfare regulations of the warehouses for the workers, wearing protective wears and warehouse pest control services, basic infrastructure in rice storage to keep rodents out of the warehouses, having light traps in handling warehouse pests, having nets to keep the birds away, keeping the equipment clean, efforts to meet criteria set by China, integrated pest management in rice, forger release to kill the pests prior to export to China and checking marking of packages for complete and correct labelling.
The Consumer Affairs Department also highlighted inspections for rice milling units, MITS’s inspection on warehousing and logistics for rice exports and requirements in seeking Pre-shipment inspection (PSI) certificate.
The MRF aims to achieve a rice export target of 2.5 million tonnes in the current financial year 2023-2024, generating an income of US$1 billion.
Myanmar exported 2,261,203 tonnes of rice and broken rice to foreign trade partners in the past 2022-2023 FY (April-March), bagging $853.472 million. China topped the list with over 775,000 tonnes. — NN/EM

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