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Issue 02, 2006 (01 February)
 Policy and Law

Disposable Hygiene Products Subject to Import Commodity Inspection

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), General Administration of Customs and Ministry of Commerce recently issued a public announcement saying that import inspection and quarantine will be carried out on all paper diapers and other disposable hygiene products after 1 January 2006.

The announcement points out that in order to ensure the quality of imported disposable hygiene products such as diapers and protect people's health, the government has decided to include these products in the Catalogue of Import and Export Products Subject to Statutory Inspection and Quarantine in accordance with relevant provisions in the Commodity Inspection Law and Customs Law. According to the announcement, all toilet rolls, facial tissues, paper handkerchiefs, serviettes, sanitary napkins, paper diapers, paper clothing and paper bed sheets will be included in this catalogue and subject to import inspection and quarantine effective 1 January 2006. From now on, imports of the above-mentioned products will be subject to inspection, quarantine and control by the entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities. Customs will release the imports against the Notice of Customs Clearance for Incoming Cargoes issued by the entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities. The safety standard, health indicators, appearance and packaging of these import cargoes must comply with the Health Standards for Disposable Hygiene Products; and goods found to be below state standards may not be imported, sold or used.