We plan to export Californian wines to Chinas market. Here are the regulatory requirements. LABELING REQUIREMENTS
Although pre-approval is not mandatory, China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) can require pre-import analysis if warranted. All imported food is subject to inspection and must receive a clearance certificate by the Customs authority. The following information must be present on the label, in Chinese. Labels are required to be accurate, truthful, and non-misleading. Please note that the label must meet these requirements prior to importation. The Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and its components is the responsible agency.
Name/brand of product
Ingredients list (Sweeteners, preservatives and added color – legal in the case of fortified wine only – must be declared) Exempt for products made of one ingredient.
Net volume (ml): This should be marked as ‘net content xxx Ml (ml)’ for bottle sizes under a liter, or ‘net content x Liters (l)’ for bottle sizes over a liter. For packages up to (and including 200ml) the minimum print height is 3mm. From 200ml up to and including 1 liter, the minimum print height is 4mm. For packages greater than 1 liter the minimum print height is 6mm.
Alcohol content (%): The alcohol statement should be in the ‘Alcoholic strength xx.x% vol’ format.
Production date (yy/mm/dd): The date of bottling is required on Chinese labels.
Producer/Distributor/Importer (Name and address): The name and address of the Chinese agent, importer or distributor must be shown on the label. The name and address of the producer is not mandatory, however if included does not need to be translated into Chinese characters
Country of origin: A country of origin statement is mandatory. Importers will usually request a Certificate of Origin to confirm this claim.
Minimum durability date: Wines with an alcohol content of 10% or less are required to include a minimum durability date.
Product Type: (i.e. Grape Wine, ‘red’, ‘white’, ‘sparkling’, ‘semi-sparkling, ‘fortified’, ‘sweetened fortified’, etc.)
Sugar content (g/L)
Mandatory Warning Statements: The following and other warnings must be on the bottle in Chinese: "Excessive drinking is harmful to health" or "Pregnant women and children shall not drink". For beer in glass bottles also add "Do not hit; it might cause explosion of the bottle".