Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2 May 2022)
Capital Ethiopia reported yesterday that the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration has sent out a notice for all those engaged in oilseed and pulse trade to China to conform to the new registration policy which has come into effect as of January 2022.
The new requirements cover the registration of overseas food manufacturing, processing, and storage businesses, as well as the labeling of a wide range of food products. To obtain a permit, China has stated that agricultural product exporters (such as oilseeds) must have their own processing facilities and a standard registration number. The order demands all food products imported into China to include the registration number on the label of the inner and outer packaging of the food products, which China Customs would examine and verify at the border before granting customs clearance.
Due to a lack of knowledge about China’s new declaration, which went into effect in December 2021, an undisclosed amount of sesame oilseed is on its way back to Ethiopia from its journey abroad, according to Trade Minister Gebremeskel Chala. He also mentioned that, despite the fact that Ethiopia has a large number of oilseed and pulse exporters, only about 40 of them meet the most recent requirements and have their own processing facilities.
Because of the new import standard, which went into effect in December 2021, the volume of sesame seeds exported- one of Ethiopia’s major export earnings agricultural commodities with its main destination in China- has decreased by 3,477 tons and 73 percent in value compared to the same period (January) last year.
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