China’s New Inspection Mode to Boost Safety of Imported Hazardous Chemicals


Starting from April 13, 2023, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) will implement a new inspection mode, “Document Review + Port Inspection or Destination Inspection,” for every batch of imported hazardous chemicals across the country. The inspection locations and percentages will be determined by the GACC based on the imported hazardous chemicals’ properties and packaging types.

The GACC decided to reform the inspection process to standardize operational requirements and prevent false declarations and concealment. After a successful pilot in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the GACC decided to roll out this new inspection mode nationwide.

Specific Requirements

When declaring at customs, importers of hazardous chemicals should provide truthful information on the China International Trade Single Window, including:

  • cargo attributes,
  • project of inspection and quarantine,
  • hazard class,
  • UN number,
  • packaging group level,
  • UN markings, and
  • inspection and quarantine department at the destination.

Additionally, importers should submit declaration materials required by GACC Announcement No. 129 of 2020, such as:

  • Declaration of Conformity for Enterprises Importing Hazardous Chemicals,
  • Chinese labels and SDS, and
  • information on inhibitors and stabilizers.

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REACH24H, 11-05-23