British food exporters relieved as China delays introduction of new EHC requirement

15 September 2017


China's proposed extension of the Export Health Certificate requirement has been delayed and will no longer be introduced on 1 October 2017, officials have announced. 

It is now believed that the new measure will not apply earlier than 1st October 2018.

Currently, imports of certain drink products considered by China to be "high risk", including meat, fish, dairy, fruit, vegetables, must be accompanied by a suitable EHC, in 2016 it was announced that a new harmonised export health certificate would be mandatory for all ambient food and drink imports (click for our earlier news article on this subject). 

Though officials from the UK and China have been discussing how to best implement this new measure, British producers and exporters became increasingly anxious as the deadline approached, with no decisions or further information having been given.

Chamber International continues to monitor this situation, and share information with businesses and other organisations as it becomes available.

Click to read about the announcement on the CBBC website.


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