Importing from China? Don’t neglect the certification requirements.

Frederik Grondvist

China has lowered the bar for companies to do business on an international scale. While neglected by many importers, product certification compliance is not to be taken for granted when importing products from China. In this article I’ll explain why this is the case, and what you can do to improve your odds.

First, let me tell you something about myself. I’m a Swedish entrepreneur that’s been based in Shanghai, China, since 2009. I’ve managed hundreds of orders for European companies importing from China. Import business is always challenging, but certification compliance is one of the hardest nuts to crack. My hope is that this article will contribute to the general awareness among business owners. If I can make at least one European or American business owner think twice before importing non-compliant products, I’ve succeeded.

Understanding European Declarations of Conformity or Incorporation

Certificate of Conformity

In order to understand the various types of EU Declarations, it’s important to first understand a bit about the system that uses them. Two systems of product safety evaluation are currently in wide use globally: Certification, and Marking. Understanding the differences between these two systems is important for anyone who gets involved with regulatory compliance activities. It’s also important to know that these Declarations have no relationship to the compliance declarations often used in commercial supply chains. Supply chain declarations are simply used to ensure that vendors attest to the fact that they supplied what the customer ordered. This type of document has no relationship to the EU Declarations discussed article.

What Are The Costs Of CE Certification?

For the last 20 years, there has not been a single week in which I have not been asked the following:

“How much does CE marking cost?”

It is a very understandable question. I am sure that it is on your mind as well. Before you start the process of getting the CE marking, it is good to have an overview of the costs involved. But most people do not realize how difficult it is to answer this question.