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53 batches of wine failed to enter China in first half of 2022

In the first six months of 2022, a total of 53 batches of imported wines were banned from entering China, mostly due to unqualified labels.

According to information released by the General Administration of Customs, between January and June 2022, a total of 53 batches of unqualified imported wines were banned from entering China, a year-on-year increase of 56%.

These unauthorised wines came from Australia, France, the US, Portugal, Slovenia, and Chile. Among them, the number of unqualified wines from France ranked the highest with 39 suspicious batches, accounting for 74% of the total number of unqualified wines.

The reasons for the turnaround were mainly incomplete labels, but also excessive use of food additives, unqualified packaging, and expired shelf life.

According to official regulation, the labels of all imported wine must comply with Chinese laws and national food safety standards. All wines imported through formal channels must be fixed with Chinese labels, and pass the entry inspection with quarantine certificates. 44 batches did not meet this criteria.

The entry ports which rejected the wine include Beijing, Gongbei, Huangpu, Jinan, Nanning, Qingdao, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Shenyang. Beijing port banned the most wine, declining 33 batches.

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