March 08, 2017 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer

One Week Left to Add Your Facility to List of Exporters to China!

Let AFIA know by March 15 if your company exports or wishes to export to China

Attention all feed additives or feed premix exporters! If you are currently exporting or wish to export products to China within the next five years, you must fill out this form (one for each facility), and email it to the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) by March 15.

In 2009, the Chinese government released Decree 118, requiring all feed facilities exporting non-medicated feeds to China to register with their Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

According to Gina Tumbarello, AFIA’s director of international policy and trade, since there was no mechanism for facilities to register for export when the decree was announced, AQSIQ has been implementing protocols for facility registration by feed product groups since 2011. The Chinese agency is currently on the feed product group “feed additives and premixes.” As part of its process of establishing a protocol for feed facilities to become registered, China has requested from industry an all-inclusive list of U.S. facilities currently exporting and/or wishing to export feed additives and premixes to the country.

This facility list will be used to determine which facilities will participate in a visit by AQSIQ to a sampling of facilities, so they can determine a checklist of requirements for all U.S. facilities wishing to export feed additives or premixes to China.

Tumbarello said once the protocol is established for “feed additives” and “premixes,” from then on, all U.S. facilities wishing to export feed additives and/or premixes to China will have to follow this new protocol.

Once the protocol (checklist of requirements) is determined by AQSIQ, and is implemented, the facilities on the list originally provided to AQSIQ will be able to apply for facility registration for export of feed additives and premixes to China. If your facility is NOT included on AFIA’s initial facility list, the next opportunity to register your facility with AQSIQ may not be for several years. See AFIA's infographic below for a detailed explanation.

How can you ensure that your business with Chinese customers will not be interrupted? Simply follow these two steps:

  1. Complete the online form (one for each facility) and submit to Gina Tumbarello, gtumbarello@afia.org, and
  2. Pay administrative fee* online, per facility
  • AFIA Member: $250 per facility
  • Non-member: $500 per facility

*This administrative fee will help AFIA offset the administrative expenses associated with AQSIQ’s travel to the U.S. to conduct the systems audit required to establish the protocol for U.S. facilities to obtain the facility registration that will be needed export feed additives/premixes to China.

NOTE: By completing the form, your facility will be included on the facility list for consideration by AQSIQ to obtain the required facility registration needed for export of feed additives and/or premixes to China. This will NOT automatically approve you or register your facility with China AQSIQ. However, as part of this process for consideration, your facility may be audited by China AQSIQ.

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