CCIC Certification

Published: 16th March 2011
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If you plan on exporting scrap such as recycled plastic to China, your cargo must first pass inspection by CCIC. The China Certification & Inspection Group, is a China approved third-party inspection organization that does on-site, pre-shipment inspections. Before requesting CCIC inspections, you must first be registered with AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine), the government agency regulating the import of scrap into China.

Depending on your location, you will need to find the CCIC branch nearest you. Make sure you submit your inspection request ahead of time (at least 3 days) so CCIC can schedule accordingly. The cost per inspection is dependent on your branch and type of commodity (that is, scrap plastic, metal, paper, or others). For CCIC North America, the cost for inspecting plastic scrap is $90 per container with a minimum charge of $150 per visit.

There are various types of pre-shipment inspections contingent on your relationship with CCIC. At the beginning, the CCIC agent will usually travel to your storage facility or factory and inspect the goods while being loaded and sealed. Once you pass inspection, you will receive the Certificate for Pre-Shipment Inspection of Recycling Scraps to China.

As you become an older company with a history of good inspections from CCIC, you can apply for self-inspection. CCIC requires that you have at least two years of history with inspection pass rate of more than 99% within the first year. You also need to provide a bank guarantee (from 100 - 300 thousand dollars via letter of credit) which is used in case your goods fail to pass customs inspection at destination port. For further requirements, please contact your local CCIC office.

It is important to point out that the original CCIC certificate must be present during customs declaration in China (copies will not do). You also need to make sure that the item description on the CCIC certificate matches the description on the Bill of Lading (b/l), usually "Plastic Scrap".

What if your containers were not pre-inspected before loading? With a little "connection" or "guan xi," you can ship your containers without CCIC certification. I don't recommend this route as the goods will get inspected by Chinese customs agents when it arrives. Not only does this cost more, the goods get shuffled around as it un-loads and loads again. This is especially bad news for loose or baled goods as it usually results in less commodity.

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