What does CCIC stand for?
CCIC is an acronym for China Certification and Inspection (Group) Company. They are an independent, third party inspection and certification organization accredited by General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) and China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS).
What does CCIC have to do with recycled plastics?
If you plan on exporting recycled plastic scrap or other recyclables to China, your cargo must first pass Pre-Shipment Inspections conducted by CCIC. A CCIC agent will travel to your site of loading to ensure that the cargo you ship abides by environmental laws and regulations of China.
How do I get a Pre-Shipment Inspection from CCIC?
You must first be a registered exporter of scrap through the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ).
To request inspection, submit an â€œInspection Application Formâ€ to your nearest CCIC office at least 3 days prior to loading your commodity. For new applicants, CCIC will request to see a copy of an Environmental Import Permit, the permit required to import plastic scrap into China. CCIC will also request to see pictures of your commodity before coming to your site for inspection.
What happens during CCIC Inspections?
A CCIC agent will travel to your designated location to inspect your commodity. If your commodity is in accordance with AQSIQ laws and regulations, you will be issued a Certificate for Pre-Shipment Inspection of Recycling Scraps to China. (click to view image)
Is there a way to skip the CCIC inspection?
No, in order to import recyclables into China, the commodity must be accompanied by a CCIC inspection certificate. In most cases, inspection is done at the site of loading. However, in countries where CCIC is not present, inspection can be done when the recyclable arrives in China.
For established AQSIQ holders, once you have a history of successful CCIC inspections, that is, at least two years with a pass rate of 99% or more, you can apply for self-inspection. Here is a full list of all the requirements.
What happen if I ship recyclables without CCIC certification?
Containers shipped without CCIC certification will not be allowed into China. There are exceptions to this rule depending on your relationship or “guan xi” with China Customs.
How much does CCIC Inspection cost?
The cost of CCIC inspection is different depending on your location and type of commodity. For CCIC North American, the cost of inspecting 1 container of plastic scrap is $90. The minimum charge per CCIC visit is $150.
What should I do with the CCIC certificate once I get it?
Have it mailed to your client or logistic company in China. In order to import the commodity into China, the original CCIC certificate must be present. You also need to make sure the item description on the CCIC certificate matches the item description on the Bill of Lading (b/l). The standard item description used in recycled plastic is “Plastic Scrap”.
Need help with AQSIQ and or CCIC certification? Shoot me an email, andrew[@]recycledplastic.com (remove brackets).