China Strengthens Safety Inspection
on Exporting Wood Products and Wood Furniture - Intertek Offers Solutions
to Help the Industry Meet the Requirements
For the year 2007, China's furniture
export hit history height, reaching US$ 23.268 billion, and making China
the major furniture manufacturing country in the world. However, with
the global trends of consumer safety and environmental protection, China's
manufactories of wood products and wood furniture should be aware of that
besides price and style, buyers are focusing more attention on "furniture
pollution", which is due to exceeding hazardous substances like formaldehyde
and benzene may cause great harm to health and environment.
To ensure the quality and safety of
China's exporting wood products and furniture, China Administration of
Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) issued a notice
(ref.  1011) in December 2007, requiring local authorities to strengthen
inspection and supervision of exporting wood products and wood furniture.
The highlights of this order are as follows:
1. Starting from the date of the order,
the wood products and wood furniture listed in the Catalogue of Wood Products
and Wood Furniture Inspection shall undergo inspection as well as quarantine.
2. Exporting wood products and wood
furniture must meet the technical regulations and standards of the importing
countries, or when there is no such requirements in the importing countries,
must comply with China's national obligatory standards (refer to the National
and Local Technical Regulations and Standards for Formaldehyde, Heavy
Metals and Flammability etc in Wood Products and Wood Furniture).
3. Introduce quality certification
system for the manufactories of wood products and wood furniture.
4. Local quarantine and inspection
authorities shall require the manufactories to undergo testing on heavy
metals, formaldehyde and flammability etc in raw materials which need
to meet safety, sanitation and environmental requirements including paint,
glue, perforated boards, fabrics and leather etc. The materials fail to
meet the related requirements are forbidden to use. The testing reports
must be issued by CNAS accredited laboratories, and the inspection and
quarantine authorities shall conduct random verification on the compliance
of the raw materials.
When the importing countries (areas)
have technical regulations and standards on the mechanical safety of wood
furniture, the manufacturer must present related testing report.
5. Exporting companies shall provide
the customs with declaration of compliance with technical regulations,
standards or obligatory national quality standard of the importing countries
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