Chinese Food Security - Which Ingredients to Test to Imported Wine?
During the wine import processes (Customs declaration and clearance, commodity inspection, quarantine, etc.), some of the imported wines (no matter the imported volume is big or small) are selected randomly to go through the complete test and quarantine processes, that said the wines chosen will be send to the local Testing & Measuring Center under the domestic Government’s Exit & Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. If passing the measuring and testing results, the wines will be issued the Certificate of Health so to qualify to be sold in China (distributors and retailers will all need this as a backup document to prove to their domestic quality supervisory body in case of checking). During this process, these testing fees are free-of-charge to importers.
While, from time-to-time, should wine producers want to assure their wines are complying to these measuring results, they could also dispatch their wines for pre-inspection and testing in advance. However, this test result is not a guarantee for risk-free wine import (as the Customs only accept the testing result from the wine-selected during the import).
Below is a list for reference with all the items that the wine could be measured and tested. The yellow-colour ones are the tests that the Customs would choose usually to do (items measured and tested will be revised yearly usually in March).
One recent reform going through now is, these semi-official Measuring & Testing Center will be separated from their connection and will change to a private service business.
Courtesy to The Measuring & Testing Center of Huangpu Inspection & Quarantine Comprehensive Technical Service Center