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China Customs Inspection: Guidance on the Consignee Filing of Imported Cosmetics

China's inspection and quarantine system of imported cosmetics can be divided into three phases: 1) the customs’ filing management of imported cosmetics consignees before import; 2) the inspection and quarantine of imported cosmetics at ports, which includes inspection application, on-site inspection and quarantine, sample investigation, laboratory test and report. Unqualified products found during inspection at ports will be returned or destroyed by customs authorities depending on the situation while the qualified products will obtain the “Certificate of Entry Inspection and Quarantine of Goods”; 3) the post-market phase includes recording the product information, ensuring its quality and safety, and etc. as is generally overseen by China’s market watchdog the SAMR and its subordinate department the NMPA which is specifically tasked with oversight on cosmetics. [1]

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Winnie Xu
ChemLinked Regulatory Analyst
Winnie Xu is an experienced cosmetic regulatory analyst in the ChemLinked team tasked with tracking, analyzing and interpreting the latest regulatory and market changes in China, Japan, and the rest of the Asia Pacific area. She has published a number of news and articles on cosmetic regulatory compliance and involved in various industry conferences. Areas of expertise: Cosmetic Pre-Market Approval Compliance, Cosmetic Ingredient Requirements, Animal Testing and CBEC.
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