Food Exporters Cry Foul Over China’s Protectionist Food Import Controls

The requirement would add “unnecessary regulatory complexity” at a time when Beijing has promised to reduce regulation.

 

BEIJING – China’s trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports – including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate – that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce.

The rule could inflame tensions with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has promised to raise tariffs on imports from China, and the European Union.

Under the rule, due to take effect as early as October, each consignment of food would require a certificate from a foreign inspector confirming it meets Chinese quality standards. Other countries require such inspections only for meat, dairy and other perishable items.

That alarms suppliers that see China as a growing…

Original published: 20 March 2017 11:31 am Read the full Bangkok News here


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