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Monday, 19th January 2015

Guide to Geographic Indications in China

Source: China IPR SME Helpdesk

From What are Geographic Indications?:

The market for imported foods in China is large and growing. China is now the world’s fourth largest importer of food and the food and grocery retail market is set to grow by 15% annually. Additionally, Chinese domestic consumers have concerns over food safety and the quality and origin of ingredients. If you intend to export products that come from a specific geographical region to China, obtaining a GI registration can provide the necessary proof of the product’s origin and can increase trust from domestic consumers. To take advantage of this, the following steps have to be taken:

• Contact your geographical indications organisation (GI organisation);

• Urge your GI organisation to register the GI as a certification mark or as a collective mark in China;

• Register for GI protection in China at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ);

• Enforce your rights.

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