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13 US Pet Food Companies Registered at the Customs; Products Need More Time Entering China
来源: | 作者:ringone2017 | 发布时间: 2020-02-21 | 661 次浏览 | 分享到:


Under the Sino-US trade agreement, the general Administration of Customs has updated the  List of Registered US Pet Food Companies (commonly known as White List), adding 13 new companies. The main ingredients of registered pet food include pork, poultry and fish. This also means that these 13 companies meet the basic conditions for exporting pet food to China, but it does not mean that their products can be exported to China immediately. Some other procedures still need to be completed, thus it remains the possibility that the products could not export to China eventually.   


In addition to the registration at the General Administration of Customs, every product of the overseas pet food to enter China still needs to register with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, including review of document and check and test of sample. According to the preliminary inquiry of Ringone, none of these 13 companies are registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. In line with the regulations, the raw materials of pet food shall be in China’s “Directory of Feed Ingredients”, whose hygiene standards, physical and chemical indexes must conform to China’s mandatory requirements for pet food, as well as the product packaging, product claims also have specific provisions. It still needs at least half a year to complete the document registration and check and test of sample, or even more longer if the production companies are required to adjust the product formula or packaging, etc. Only those which all pass the review can obtain the “Certificate of Registration” issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the products can be exported to China.


At the same time, the majority of trademarks of US pet food are not registered in the category 3108 in China or registered by other companies, which is also a major barrier for their products to enter China. According to the Chinese laws, only trademarks registered in China are protected by law. If trademarks have been registered by others, direct export and sale of the products in China may cause trademark infringement and face legal risks. It takes as short as one or two years or as long as five years or even longer for trademark disputes, and companies need to put much more energy and time on that.


Since exporting pet food is a system of compliance process, Ringone suggests that US factories and domestic agents shall start the product registration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs as soon as possible, evaluate the products in advance, and adjust the products and packaging if necessary to ensure the product can be registered successfully and obtain the “Certificate of Registration” from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Meanwhile, the trademark issues shall be settled as early as possible. For the English trademarks that have been registered, it shall be handled according to the different situations. Domestic agents shall register Chinese trademarks together, and choose the Chinese name that is more likely to be registered, so as to improve the success rate of registration.