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China Reiterates Inspection Requirements for HC Import/Export

AQSIQ reiterates the compulsory inspection requirements of GHS labeling and SDS for entry-exit hazardous chemicals

 

14 March 2012

 

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has reiterated its compulsory requirements on the inspection of entry-exit hazardous chemical products and their packaging in an announcement, numbered as Order 30-2012, yesterday (13 March 2012).  The announcement further clarifies documents required of Customs Clearance for hazardous chemicals import/export and the specific inspection items. It is also attached with two samples of the Declaration of Conformity for importers and exporters.

 

Full AQSIQ Announcement

 

 

China AQSIQ Order 30-2012 on Inspection and Supervision Issues of Entry-Exit Hazardous Chemicals and their Packages

 

In accordance with the State Council Decree 591 (Regulations on the Control over Safety of Hazardous Chemicals) that has come into force since December 1 2011, the Chinese entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities (CIQ) at different administrative levels are in charge of the inspection-related duties for the entry-exit hazardous chemicals and their packages. The state AQSIQ herein publishes the order No 30 of 2012 on Inspection and Supervision Issues of Entry-Exit Hazardous Chemicals and their Packages as follows:

 

I        The imported and exported hazardous chemicals that have been listed in the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals are subject to the inspection and quarantine by CIQ authorities of China.

 

II       The consignee or representative agent of hazardous chemicals imported to China shall perform the customs declaration and inform the local CIQ agency of his products by the name prescribed in the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals, together with the following documents for Customs Clearance:

 

i, Declaration of Conformity for Hazardous Chemicals Importers (For document format, please see Appendix 1);

 

ii, Information on the name, quantity (and other conditions) of inhibitors and stabilizers contained in the imported products, if available;

 

iii, Samples of Chinese Precautionary labels (also known as China GHS labels) and Chinese Safety Data Sheets (also known as China GHS SDSs); bulk products are exempted.

 

III     The consigner or representative agent of hazardous chemicals exported from China shall perform the customs declaration and inform the local CIQ agency of his products by the name prescribed in the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals, together with the following documents for Customs Clearance:

 

i, Declaration of Conformity for Hazardous Chemicals Exporters (For document format, please see Appendix 2);

 

ii, “Final Packing Performance Inspection List for Exit Goods Transportation” (bulk products exempted) ;

 

iii, The Identification and Classification Report for Hazards of Chemicals;

 

iv, Samples of GHS label(s) and Safety Data Sheet(s); the Chinese translations should be supplied if the GHS label and Safety Data Sheet are in non-Chinese language(s).

 

v, Information on the name, quantity (and other conditions) of inhibitors and stabilizers contained in the exported products, if available;

 

IV     The inspection of imported and exported hazardous chemicals and their packages applies to the following rules:

 

i, Chinese compulsory technical standards (applicable to imported products);

 

ii, International conventions, rules, treaties, agreements, protocols and memorandum, etc.;

 

iii, Technical regulations or standards of the targeting countries or regions (applicable to exported products)

 

iv, Technical standards and requirements specified by the state AQSIQ;

 

v, Other technical requirements agreed in the trade contract that override the above stated i to iv provisions.

 

V       The inspection items on imported and exported hazardous chemicals include compliance requirements regarding safety, hygiene, health, environmental protection and prevention of fraud as well as items on the related product quality, quantity and weight, etc. Specifically, inspection items on safety include the following requirements:

 

i, Whether information on the main compositions/constituents of the product, its physical- chemical properties and hazard category is compliant with Clause IV indicated in this Order;

 

ii, Whether the product package is marked with its due (GHS) precautionary label (in the case of imported products, a China GHS-based label should be supplied) and accomplished by its due (GHS) Safety Data Sheet (in the case of imported products, a China GHS-based SDS should be supplied); whether the label and SDS are compliant with Clause IV indicated in this Order in terms of the content.

 

VI     Inspection on the package of imported hazardous chemicals: Identify whether the models, category, specification, unit quantity and mark of packaging meet Clause IV indicated in this Order.

 

VII    Inspection on the package of exported hazardous chemicals shall apply to the regulations or standards on the packaging inspection of dangerous goods transportation exported by air, sea, road and railway. Exported products that pass the packing performance test and use appraisal, shall be granted a “Final Packing Performance Inspection List for Exit Goods Transportation” and a certificate on the packing use appraisal for exit goods transportation.

 

VIII   Imported hazardous chemicals used as food additives shall comply with relevant regulations on food safety.

 

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