Who does this notice affect?
This notice applies to importers and customs brokers associated with importing goods from China.
What has changed?
From 21 August 2018, a new Chinese government authority will issue official government certification.
The entry-exit inspection and quarantine duties of the People’s Republic of China are currently managed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). From 21 August 2018, these duties will be integrated into the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC). As a result, the GACC will start to use new certificates and new stamps.
Inspection and quarantine certificates and stamps with the CIQ logo and current security features issued prior to 21 August 2018 will remain valid. During the coming weeks, certificates in both the old and the new format may be presented. It is important to determine the date the certificate was issued and report any authenticity issues identified through this changeover to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
The scope of the change extends to all government certificates as required by the import conditions, including health, veterinary, fumigation and phytosanitary certificates. The security features associated with Chinese government certificates remain unchanged.