Liquid Milks2018-09-04T09:37:51+00:00


The CNCA has standards for three categories of milk products: modified, pasteurised and sterilised milk. Applications to export milk products to China require some additional information compared to other dairy products. Fresh liquid milk varieties draw attention from import control agencies and they are particularly intrigued by some of the long shelf life periods being achieved on so-called fresh product.  Businesses applying to have their listing include the pasteurised milk category, must now include detailed information of the heat treatment being used, the shelf life validation study, and plans for temperature control of the product throughout the supply chain.

Applicants should engage with the Export Standards Branch of DAWR to confirm the details required and the format in which the information needs to be presented.

All dairy products exported to China are governed by the requirements of the Food Safety Law. Dairy products must all meet the requirements of the relevant GB standards.

What are GB standards?

GB standards are China’s national standards, also known as ‘Guo Biao Standards’. China’s GB Standards are classified in two stages by their prefix code: “GB” are Mandatory standards; “GB/T” are Recommended standards (Quasi-Mandatory standards).

Mandatory standards have the force of the law as do other technical regulations in China. They are enforced by laws and administrative regulations and concern the protection of human health, personal property and safety.

Recommended standards
In addition to the General Standards which may apply, there are specific GB Product Standards for each product category which must be complied with. Click the relevant link under the heading “GB Standards” (below) to download the GB Product Standard for your intended export product, as a PDF file.

Use the easy-to-follow checklist (clickable links) below to help you establish all the necessary requirements needed to export Liquid Milk into China.