The Support of Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia (SRECA) project and the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) collaborate to organise a training series in 2022 for the four SRECA focus countries – Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Vietnam on the topic of effective cold chain management and agri-exports to China.

On 30 August, a small group of around 15 Cambodian participants coming from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, small and medium agri-trade companies / associations, logistics association, and other enterprises interested to export cold chain products to China took part in the country-specific online training for Cambodia. SRECA’s director Mr. Florian Miss and Mr. Liu Zhiyong, the Director of the International Cooperation Department, CIQA opened the training with welcome remarks.

Mr. Jiao Yang, the Director of the technical barriers to trade (TBT) Research Department at the Research Center of the International Inspecion and Quarantine Standards and Technical Regulations of the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) and Mr. Feng Guan, from Optima Integration Group (OIG), a Chinese cold chain import service platform in China, working as the Deputy Dean of its research institute “You Ding Te Research Institute” gave inputs at the training.

Mr. Jiao from a macro approach, analysed into the key principles of China’s cold chain import policies, along the chronological order of “source management, port control and follow-up supervision”. In his discussions with the participants, he further introduced on China’s Customs Decree No. 248 and No. 249 on Enterprise Registration and Imported Food Safety.

Mr. Feng Guan, followed up with Mr. Jiao’s introduction of GACC’s policies on imported cold chain products, from a Cambodian exporter’s perspective, took the practical approach to introduce each specific step of the customs clearance of the cold chain products into China. He also especially introduced how each step has been digitalised and the relevant advice for the Cambodian exporters. Participants raised specific product-export related questions to Mr. Feng,  mangoes, bananas, durians, honey bee and seafood were of key interests. Mr. Feng also recommended interested Cambodian exporters to utilise the GACC portal Internet + Customs.

Mr. Feng Guan introducing on China’s import procedures

The training also incorporates a discussion session where Mr. Liu Zhiyong from CIQA also joins Mr. Feng to share suggestions to the Cambodian delegates on practical logistics and exportation hurdles they confront at their work practices.

For more queries regarding the exportation of specific cold chain products to China, they are encouraged to reach out to CIQA and SRECA for further discussions. More information can also be found in the presentation materials of the training. The next training in series will be the country-specific training for participants from Mongolia and Laos in October 2022.