China will put a revised regulation covering imported fruit into effect from 5 July this year, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The move is designed prevent harmful organisms and toxic matter entering China and protect its agricultural production, ecological safety and people’s health, the agency said. The new rules contain a number of changes to the current regulations, which were  issued in 1999.

Under the new rules, packages containing imported fruit must bear the fruit name, place of production, packing unit and code either in Chinese or in English.

Storage sites for imported fruit are to be supervised and managed by local quarantine departments. Storage space must be adequate and equipped to ensure quality and disease control.

They also stipulate that fruit re-exported from Hong Kong and Macao should be carried in TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers, and be shipped to the Chinese mainland with the original packing and original quarantine certificate.