US and Japan also urge delay to Chinese Food Import Rules

Several countries, among them Japan, the UK and the US, are urging Chinese customs officials to pause the rollout of regulations on food imports. Diplomats from seven economies, which also include Australia, Canada, the EU, and Switzerland, expressed their concerns in an October 27 letter to Customs Minister Ni Yuefeng.

They were objecting to a pair of decrees handed down in April that require food importers to meet comprehensive new registration, inspection, and labeling requirements by January 1st.

The diplomats sought the agency to delay the food-import measures for “at least 18 months.” Neither the General Administration of Customs or the Foreign Ministry responded Monday to requests for comment.


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