Monday, August 5, 2013International

China: its regulation, in practice

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It is said to be complex and unclear, along with burdensome procedures and dull lead times. However, the Chinese regulation shall not deter any effort to export cosmetics to this large market. The experts gathered by Cosmed during its 3rdInternational Meetings have dissected and explained it, to address it more easily … and more efficiently.

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The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and the Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) are the well-known actors, which, along with the rules that govern the regulation on cosmetics in China, any exporter will face (refer to the Export: the Chinese regulation paper). Nevertheless, some kind of “Instructions for use” for the Chinese specifics in this area is lacking for many people. From the very beginning, the plan to export, down to the arrival of the products in China, underneath, you will find the different steps for an orderly journey.

First of all, keep in mind that registering the trade-mark is essential (refer to the China: the right strategy to export paper). As the Chinese system is based on the “first registrant, first served” principle, one may easily be deprived of his own trademark.

Once done, the procedures for export may begin.

The importer

The starting point is to find an importer. It must be a structure registered on the Chinese territory (a Chinese company, a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise-WOFE, or a Joint Venture), owner of a Business Licence delivered by the Chinese Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC).
The importer shall be registered to have an …

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