Intertek can assist you with fast CCC Mark Certification for the market of China, from documentation preparation and technical consultancy to complete project management.
China has merged its two compulsory inspection systems, one to check contents of products for import and export, and the other for quality control, into a single procedure as part of its commitment for entry into the World Trade Organization. After the initial 12-month transition period - starting on May 1, 2002 and ending on April 30, 2003 - consumers in China will no longer see the symbols 'CCIB' and 'CCEE' on products. They will now be replaced by 'CCC'.
CCC, which stands for China Compulsory Certification, is the new compulsory safety and quality mark for many products sold on the Chinese market. CCC became effective on May 1, 2002. The two old systems (CCIB and CCEE or Great Wall) carry different national quality standards, which have caused a great deal of inconvenience for enterprises dealing in both domestic and foreign trade. With CCC as a single procedure, this burden will be lifted, providing faster, more cost-effective access to Chinese market.
A wide range of products in China require the CCC Mark, including:
The new CCC system is implemented on May 1, 2002 and the old system is annulled on May 1, 2003. Beginning May 1, 2003, any domestic or imported products must obtain the certificate for compulsory product certification and bear the new China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Mark. Also beginning on May 1, 2003, sales outlets and importers are not permitted to purchase, import or sell products that do not have the new certificate and bear the new CCC mark.
The new system requires manufacturers in 132 product categories to obtain the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark before exporting to or selling in the Chinese market. The new system, implemented on May 1, 2002 and fully effective on May 1, 2003, will impact many U.S. exporters, across a wide range of industries. Products not meeting CCC requirements may be held at the border by Chinese Customs and will be subject to other penalties.
There are a number of details exporters should be aware of when applying for the CCC Mark. The application process can:
When China negotiated the terms of its World Trade Organization (WTO) membership in the late 1990s and through 2001, it acknowledged some of the problems inherent in its existing system, and agreed to merge its two certification regimes into a single unified system, with equal treatment for domestic products and imports.
The CCC Mark is administered by the Chinese government agency Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). Following are the steps involved in processing CCC mark applications:
Many companies use agents or consultants to manage their CCC mark applications. So why choose Intertek? Simply stated, Intertek can provide you with speedy, high quality services and help you obtain the certifications you need to enter China sooner. When you work with Intertek you'll realize a number of key advantages including:
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