October 12, 2021 – Urgent action must be taken by October 22, 2021 by Canadian exporters to China of medium-risk products to meet the new requirements coming into force on January 1, 2022 affecting food, including animal-based and plant-based food products. On April 12, 2021, the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) released two new regulations that will regulate food safety in China, as well as imported and exported foods: Decree 248 (Provisions on the Administration of Registration of Foreign Enterprises Producing Imported Food) and Decree 249 (Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety). The new decrees are set to come into force on January 1, 2022, and all countries exporting to China will be required to meet the new requirements under the decrees. Decree 248 includes the requirement for a broad range of food products that will need to be registered with Customs China, including some products that are currently registered by the CFIA with China and listed in GACC’s eligibility lists. Decree 248 also includes many new products that may require establishment and exporter registration by both CFIA and GACC.