Interpretation of Announcement No. 58 [2022] of the General Administration of Customs

GACC 7/10/22

The Port Administration Department of the State Office of GACC issued Announcement No. 58 [2022] on July 8, 2022, to improve the safety of importing cold chain products. The announcement states that:

  1. GACC will perform the Covid-19 test on imported cold chain products. For export enterprises that fail the Covid-19 test, the GACC will require rectification, import suspension, or deregister of these enterprises, depending on the severity of the issue.
  2. GACC will dispose of the cold chain products that contain the Covid-19 virus according to the guidelines issued by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.
  3. This Announcement will replace the GACC Announcement No.103 [2020] starting on July 8, 2022.

CCIC Chicago found three critical aspects in the Announcement No. 58:

  1. According to the “Notice on Printing and Distributing the Work Plan for Preventive and Comprehensive Disinfection of Imported Cold Chain Foods” issued by the State Council’s Comprehensive Group of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism for Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, GACC is responsible for monitoring and testing of imported cold chain food.
  2. According to the Order No. 249 of the GACC, GACC is in charge of suspending or prohibiting the import of relevant food based on the risk assessment of Covid-19 test results.
  3. Enterprises could be barred by GACC, and further refusal to cooperate could incur deregistration, the Order No. 248 of the GACC states in its announcement.

In summary, GACC is now strengthening the supervision of imported cold chain food. CCIC Chicago reminds exporters to pay attention to food production safety to avoid regulatory risks.