CHINA LIFTED BAN ON 63 TAIWAN EXPORTERS INCLUDING KINMEN KAOLIANG LIQUOR
By Tony Zhu
Source: Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor/Instagranm
China has lifted suspension of shipments from 63 Taiwanese companies including the maker of Kinmen Kaoliang, Taiwan’s version of baijiu, following a meeting between the two sides over the weekend.
Spokesman for Mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Ma Xiaoguang, confirmed yesterday that the 63 companies had met with the requirements of the new registration system and are now allowed to export to China mainland.
Taiwan’s Kinmen County magistrate Chen Fu-hai said on his social media page that the county government had met with Song Tao, the head of China mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office, yesterday morning in the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen.
“China’s customs has officially authorised a customs registration code for Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor effective 28 January,” he said.
Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration said in a statement today that 879 products can be exported to Mainland China as of today, quoting the registration website of China’s customs.
But the administration said that 211 units that have resubmitted additional information are still pending.
Chinese customs halted beer and distillery items from 11 out of 28 Taiwanese suppliers in December last year due to non-compliance to the new registration system which became effective in January 2021.
Affected companies including including state-own Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor, Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, King Car Food Industrial, Taihu Brewing, Legend Brewery and Win Shan International.
In addition, shipments of 123 out of 354 beverage items registered by Taiwanese exporters have also been suspended, with the companies affected including HaySong, Vitalon Foods, Uni-President Enterprises, Taisun Enterprise, Oceanic Beverages and King To Nin Jiom Medicine.
Taiwanese authorities said last December that Chinese customs has rejected 2,409 applications from Taiwan food and beverages exporters since October 2021, with just 792 applications approved.
The ban has blocked shipments of Taiwan’s most well known alcoholic brands Kavalan Whisky, Taiwan beer and Kinmen Kaoling to mainland China.
Taiwan government said that the suspension is expected to cost Taiwanese exporters about NTD1.3 billion (USD39m) and they threatened to take the case to the World Trade Organisation.
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