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Who is Who: Navigating Chinese Administration System for Exporting to China (2016 Update)

By EU SME Centre | Guidelines      24.08.2016     Tags: Other

Administrative fragmentation is one of the challenges SMEs face when entering the China market. Regulations on pre-market approval and products’ legal requirements are of competence of a number of different governmental authorities, each ruling on specific areas of market access and product compliance.

The complexity of a system made of a combination of market access licences, compulsory standards and voluntary labels is usually confusing for SMEs, especially for those approaching the market for the first time, and might lead to misinterpretation or even failure in compliance.

Developing a clear understanding of who are the actors involved in market access in China, what are their roles and their responsibilities is the first step towards a successful entry in the local Chinese competition. This is the aim of this short guide, which explaining the market access system and some of the most important relevant administrative governmental organisations involved. Moreover, it attempts to link popular EU SME Centre sectors and relevant licences and certificates to existing EU SME Centre publications which focus in great detail on market access procedures like registration (e.g. in healthcare) or certification (e.g. China Compulsory Certification, CCC).

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