U.S. exports of infant formula products to China are subject to importing country listing requirements for manufacturers/processors as a precondition for market access. While U.S. regulations define infant formula as food intended for children up to 12 months of age, please note that China defines infant formula as food intended for children up to 36 months of age. To determine whether products intended for export are subject to listing requirements, exporters may consult the regulatory authorities in the country to which they intend to export or the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Reports (FAIRS) for their export destination. FAIRS are published by the United States Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Information Network.
Industry may apply for inclusion on the China infant formula export list and update existing listing information via the Export Listing Module (ELM). Please visit Online Applications for Export Lists for a link to this electronic system and step-by-step instructions.
In addition to establishment listing requirements, China requires sanitary certificates as a condition of entry for every shipment of infant and young children formula. Industry may contact the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branch to request these certificates.
Additional Information on the China Infant Formula Export List:
- Please refer to the Implementation Catalogue for Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) to determine whether the products you intend to export are subject to China's listing requirements.
- List of U.S. Establishments Eligible to Export Infant Formula Products to China
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