China Cosmetics Market Entry Walkthrough: CIQ Inspections and Custom Clearance

  •   5 Aug 2016
  •    Angelita Hu

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    After getting approval from CFDA, companies can begin to export cosmetics to China. Before goods reach their destination port and undergo inspection by Chinese Customs, they shall appoint an agent in China to file a record with the provincial Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ) at the destination port, submitting the certificate/license granted by CFDA simultaneously. When goods arrive, activities such as on-site examination of labels and packaging, sampling inspection and testing will be conducted by CIQ. Qualified products will obtain a CIQ certificate. Customs clearance is also a mandatory requirement.

    1. Appoint an importer/distributor

    To file a record with CIQ, companies shall find and appoint a qualified Chinese importer or distributor which has the qualification of importing and cover the business scope of cosmetics.

    2. Authentication and Filing

    Another precondition for filing is that both parties shall sign a formal letter of authorization and have the letter authenticated by a Chinese officially recognized authentication agency. Then they can apply for filing and submit the documents requested:


    Required Document


    Business license (original and copy)

    Warehouse business license (copy with seal of company)

    Cosmetic product license from CFDA (original and copy with seal of company)

    Authenticated letter of authorization

    Filing application form with seal of company


    Colorful original label (JPEG)

    Chinese translation label( JPEG)

    Products inventory

    Products formula

    Products filing application form

    Duration: Authentication needs 5 working days and filing needs 3 working days