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How can I ensure that my company’s perspectives are heard and considered in the development of Chinese requirements and policies that could affect my business?

Mandatory Requirements

Companies may submit comments on the development of new or proposed Chinese mandatory requirements (including mandatory standards and other technical regulations – including both the national and provincial-level) through their country’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point. Working through the Enquiry Point network will ensure that comments are directed to the appropriate organization in the most efficient manner possible. Comments should focus on technical concerns with the technical regulation.

Companies may also wish to contact their country’s trade or commerce agencies to discuss concerns and gain input on additional mechanisms available to address them.

. Submit an trade concern online to the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) (this is a free service for U.S. companies)

Many companies also chose to share their perspectives, suggestions and concerns directly with the relevant Chinese government agency (or agencies). Many trade associations have offices in China and can assist in communication with Chinese government agencies.

. View case studies to learn more about working successfully with the Chinese government.

Voluntary Requirements

Companies may contact the relevant Chinese technical committee directly with comments or suggestions. Non-Chinese companies that have a registered presence in China are also generally able to participate as either voting members or observing members on Chinese technical committees.

Many international companies have indicated that they are able to have the greatest impact the development of Chinese standards when they get engaged and develop relationships with relevant technical committees early (rather than waiting until there is a problem) and when they show a commitment to contributing toward the goals of the technical committee (rather than just trying to advocate for individual interests).

Companies that have concerns or suggestions related to a Chinese standard, or to a related Chinese policy are also encouraged to contact the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which can provide support to companies’ advocacy efforts in China.

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