China imposes new food import requirements

China has imposed new registration requirements on food imports, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Beijing said over the weekend.

“It is for compliance and traceability purposes that China is implementing these. [This is] also due to food safety issues and China's bid to become not only the largest net importer of food but exporter too. It is logical that they shape up their food industry,” said PTIC-Beijing commercial officer Christine dela Cruz.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will implement two regulations on food imports in compliance with its Food Safety Law: Public Notice 55, which requires online registration of food importers, and Decree 145, which requires registration by accreditation.

Decree 145 also requires authorities in the exporting countries to provide specified certifications, such as those from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Philippines.

The decree currently covers only meat and seafood. Other product sectors to be covered will be announced later.

PN 55 covers food commodities such as meat and meat products, aquatic products, egg and egg products, dairy products, bee products, and other non-prescribed foods such as biscuits and beverages.

According to the PTIC, there are 160 Philippine firms on AQSIQ’s online registration as of March 8 compared to 841 from Malaysia, 778 from Thailand, 536 from Vietnam, 468 from Singapore and 400 from Indonesia. — BM, GMA News


PTIC Silicon Valley was recently given the distinction of being included in the 2013 San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists

Book of list

MARCH 5 2013 SAN FRANCISCO, USA - The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley (PTIC Silicon Valley) was recently given the distinction of being included in the 2013 San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists, one of only 25 agencies listed under the International Economic Development Agencies category. The Book of Lists only includes 25 currently relevant 25 companies/ institutions under each category and is considered the Who’s Who of Business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

THE 2013 Book of Lists 2013 was formally launched last February 7, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, attended by about 700 key business leaders of the San Francisco Bay Area. Trade Commissioner Michael Alfred V. Ignacio, who received the distinction on behalf of PTIC-Silicon Valley, said that this is a clear validation and recognition by the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley business community of the Philippines’ stellar economic and business achievements and as one of the premier current global investment and business destinations in the limelight today.

The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley is the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in the US Pacific Northwest region and Western Canada, and the Commercial Section of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, USA.