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Who is Who: Navigating Chinese Administration Systems for Exporting Goods to China (2019 Update)

By eusme | Guidelines      15.10.2019     Tags:

Administrative fragmentation is one of the main challenges SMEs face when entering the China market. Regulations on pre-market approval and products’ legal requirements are of competence of a number of different governmental authorities, each ruling on specific areas of market access and product compliance. However, a lack of understanding of how the different legal product requirements are interconnected lead to uncertainty especially for those SMEs accessing the market for the first time.

The majority of all products require a license before they can be imported to the Chinese market. Some licenses are linked to a lengthy and costly conformity assessment procedure. Developing a clear understanding of who are the actors involved in market access in China, what are their roles and their responsibilities is the first step towards a successful entry in the local Chinese competition.

In short, this guide aims to provide an overview of the administrative system and explains some of the most important relevant administrative governmental organizations involved when exporting to China.

Moreover, you will find links to the EU SME Centre’s publications that provide further details on market access procedures, including product registration and certification.

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