Exports to China 


Initial Registration Process  


Exports to China require some registration steps prior to applying for the specific Chinese health certificates and the Chinese certificate of origin, the registration steps can take some time to complete, the details of which are as follows:  

There are currently two registration procedures to be carried out for exporters to China, as follows:     

1.  CNCA Registration    

This registration information is submitted by the SFPA to the Chinese Authorities for SFPA approved fishery products establishments. The current list of CNCA registered establishments is available as follows:



If any establishment approved under EU legislation would like to apply for registration with the CNCA please email the following address:  




2.  AQSIQ Registration     

This registration process must be carried out online by the relevant exporter/agent through the following website link:  


Exporters should fill and submit their application form electronically through this registration filing management system. Information required as part of this process includes exporter / agent’s name, address details, contact details, relevant food category, Chinese trade partner details etc. 



Certification of products for export to China  


General Certification for China  

Exports to China require the use of either one of the following two Chinese health certificates depending on the export product.    

  1. Chinese Health Certificate for Fish and Fishery Products
  2. Chinese Health Certificate for Live Aquatic Animals    

Separate health certificates must be used for these two categories:  

  1. Fish and Fishery Products
  2. Live Aquatic Animals     

Fish and fishery products: includes all species of fish, crustaceans and other forms of marine life (not including live fish, crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms) and any parts or products thereof.  

Live aquatic animals: Live fish, crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms.  

These health certificates are available on application from your local SFPA port office.  

A bi-lingual version of the certificate of origin is also available for use when required.    

For Irish export consignments of seafood to China after 31st December 2015 all health certificates require that information be typed on the certificates while using the new health certificate numbering format previously agreed.  

Link to information on the new health certificate numbering format  

Consignments containing a mixture of Aquacultured and Wild Caught Fishery products    

This requirement applies in cases where a Chinese health certificate is required for a consignment containing a mixture of both aqua cultured and wild caught fishery products. (As an example it could include both smoked salmon products and cooked crab products)  

In these cases the Chinese Authorities have requested that separate relevant Chinese health certificates be issued for the one consignment as follows:    

  • Health certificate to certify the aquacultured part of the consignment   and  
  • Health certificate to certify the wild caught part of the consignment.    

Approved products for export to China  

As the Chinese Authorities maintain a list of approved products for export to China, the Chinese Authorities have advised that exporters should contact the relevant border inspection posts (CIQ) in China prior to exporting to ensure that the products of interest to them can be successfully imported.     

Testing requirements for Consignments of Processed Crab

Please see the information in the following Trade Notice regarding the testing requirements for consignments of processed crab exported to China.

Trade Notice

Chinese labelling requirements for certain Fishery Products  

The format of the name for the following fishery products set out below should be the only format used in any Chinese health certificates covering these exports.  

冻方鲷 (Boarfish)  

冻生海螺 (带壳) Frozen raw whelk (with shell)  

北蛾螺(熟冻)    Frozen cooked whelk    


Guidance Information:  

Please see the following link for additional guidance information for establishments producing fish and fishery products for export to China.    

Code of Hygienic Practice for Fish and Fishery Products Processing Establishment  

Code of practice for exports of fishery products  

Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China


Information is available at the following link on the National Food Safety Standard for Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Food applicable in China:

Link to information on the Maximum Levels of Contaminants in Food



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