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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:

根据中美贸易协议,近期,海关总署更新了美国宠物食品注册企业名单(俗称白名单),新增13家企业,主要注册的宠物食品成分包括猪肉、禽类和鱼肉。这也意味着这13家企业获得了宠物食品出口到中国的基本条件,但并不代表其产品可以马上出口到中国,仍有其他手续需要完成,有可能最终仍无法进口到中国。

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.   

境外宠物食品进入中国,除了企业在海关总署的注册,每个产品仍需通过农业农村部的注册,包括文件审核及样品的复核检测,根据京元瑞环的初步查询,目前这13家企业均未有宠物食品在农业农村部注册成功。根据规定,宠物食品的原料必须是在中国的饲料原料目录,其产品的卫生标准、理化指标必须符合中国对宠物食品的强制性要求,同时对产品包装、产品声称等都有明确规定,而做完这些文件注册及样品的复核检测,至少仍需要半年,甚至需要生产企业根据我国要求调整产品配方或产品包装等,则需要更长时间。只有最终全部通过的,才能取得农业农村部颁发的进口饲料登记证,该产品才可以出口到中国。

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.

同时,大部分美国宠物食品的商标并未在中国取得第3108类的注册,或被其他企业注册,这也是其产品进入中国的一大障碍。根据我国法律规定,只有在中国注册的商标才受法律保护,如果商标已被抢注,直接进口销售可能构成商标侵权,面临法律风险。商标争议短则一两年,长则三五年甚至更长,企业需要付出较大的精力和时间成本。

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.

在此,京元瑞环进口饲料注册中心建议,进口宠物食品是一个系统的合规过程,美国工厂及国内代理商应尽快启动产品的农业农村部注册,并提前对产品进行评估,进行必要的产品及包装调整,确保产品可以顺利注册,取得进口饲料登记证。同时尽早解决商标问题,对英文商标已被注册的,应根据不同情况处理,国内代理商应同时将中文商标一并注册,并选择注册可能性较大的中文名字注册,提高注册成功率。

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.

 

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