The food security center introduces Hong Kong manufacturing food to enter the Mainland market to facilitate customs clearance arrangements for the first stage of culverts.

The food security center has arranged a briefing to introduce new measures to the food industry in Hong Kong.(Government News Office)

A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Health Department (Food and Film Agency) Food Safety Center (Food Safety Center) said today (7th) that the new "New Agreement for the Mainland Manufacturing Food Safety Supervision and Port Convenience Clearance Cooperation Agreement" ("Cooperation Agreement")The measures were launched on May 21.Hong Kong -made food that meets specific requirements has no abnormal inspection in the mainland customs, but it is still necessary to receive sampling testing. After samples, you can directly release it without waiting for the test results.

The environment and ecological bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the State Customs General Administration signed the "Cooperation Agreement" on November 27 last year to set up convenient customs clearance arrangements for food that meets the requirements to shorten the time required for customs clearance and further ensure the safety of Hong Kong to the mainland food and the safety of food to the Mainland.Promote trade facilitation and promote the development of the local food industry.The Food Safety Center and the Customs Department have implemented the operation details of the "Cooperation Agreement", such as food testing requirements.The Food Safety Center will specifically supervise the food manufacturing food in the Mainland to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Mainland on food safety laws and regulations and standards.

The spokesman said: "The" Cooperation Agreement "helps the goal of monitoring food safety from the source of Hong Kong in the Mainland, which can achieve the goal of the port convenient customs clearance; not only to promote the food trade between Hong Kong and the mainland, especially the Greater Bay Area, but also deepen the two places.Exchange and cooperation in food safety supervision, implement the "Arrangement of the Mainland and Hong Kong on the establishment of more close economic and trade relations" and the "Outline of the Planning and Development of the Guangdong -Hong Kong -Macao Greater Bay Area".The results of the food security center have been arranged to introduce the details of the new measures to the food industry in Hong Kong. "

Convenient customs clearance arrangements cover three major types of food in the first stage,Including (1) beverages and frozen drinks (excluding alcohol and milk drinks); (2) biscuits, pastries and bread; and (3) candy and chocolate (including chocolate, cocoa chocolate and its products).Mainland ports that are facilitated customs clearance include ports in Shenzhen Customs and Port in Gongbei Customs.According to the information of the Government Statistics Office, the export volume of exports to the exports of Hong Kong -made food in the relevant category in 2023 exceeded 51.7 million kilograms, with a value of about 2.84 billion yuan, accounting for about 56% of the total food goods in the Mainland in the same year.In order to go to the total value of all Hong Kong goods in the Mainland, the total value meter is about 11%.

Under new measures, local food manufacturers who are interested in participating need to apply for a "convenient customs clearance" from the food security center.After reviewing the qualifications of food manufacturers, the Food Safety Center will issue a "convenient customs clearance permit" to the audited food manufacturer. The relevant requirements include holding a valid food manufacturing license issued by the FEHD.Made in food manufacturers, and food manufacturers have certified food safety management systems, namely ISO 22000 or HACCP certificates, and must meet Chinese national standards and regulations.Food producers apply for "Animal Food Health Certificate" or "Food Inspection Certificate" from food security centers to food security centers in the Mainland.In addition, the food batches must also be accompanied by the "CEPA Original Certificate".