Imports of infant formula powder have more than tripled in the past five years after a series of food safety scandals involving domestically produced dairy products, according to China’s top quality supervision authority…Full Article: June 2016

Key Point

  • From 2011 to 2015, according to China’s AQSIQ, Chinese imports of infant formula increased from 57,000 MTs to 176,000 MTs.

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  • In April 2016, China’s Ministry of Finance clarified that all infant formula imports, including e-commerce shipments, must be registered with the CFDA by January 1, 2018.
  • In June 2014, China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) instituted new regulations that decreased the number of permissible foreign infant brands sold in China to 94.
  • From 2008 to 2014, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of milk powder increased from ~181,500 MTs to more than 1 million MTs, with New Zealand accounting for nearly 70% of this supply. The majority of these imports were comprised of whole powdered milk (fat content >1.5%), a key ingredient used in China to produce infant formula, milk beverages, reconstituted milk and yogurt, as well as confectionary products.
  • From 2008 to 2015, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) import of infant formula increased from ~42,300 MTs to ~135,000 MTs. Singapore (re-exports), the Netherlands, New Zealand, and France were the top suppliers of infant formula to China.

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