On February 12, 2024, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) notified the General Directive for Labeling of Agricultural Seeds (draft) to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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China: Revised Draft Cereals Seed Standards Notified

On February 12, 2024, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) notified the National Standard for Seed of Food Crops – Part 1: Cereals (Draft) to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
On January 4, 2024, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a revised “National Standard for Seed of Economic Crops - Part 2: Oil Species (Draft for Comments)." The revised draft standard pertains to seeds for sowing/planting...
On January 4, 2024, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a revised “General Directive for Labeling of Agricultural Seeds (Draft for Comments).” The revised draft directive expands label content, requires a description of...
On January 5, 2024, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) notified the National Standard for Quality Grading for Gramineous Seeds (Draft for Comments) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under G/TBT/N/CHN/1786.
On December 26, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) announced the issuance of 85 seed production and operation licenses, including 26 genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seed production and operation licenses.
On December 21, 2023, the State Council Tariff Commission (SCTC) announced its annual tariff adjustment plan that sets tentative import and export tariff rates for select commodities in 2024.
On September 6, 2023, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) jointly published “Implementation Opinions of SAMR and MARA on Carrying Out Crop Seed Certification.”
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China: Planting Seed 2023 Annual

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the second largest seed market in the world, behind the United States and annually plants 12 million metric tons (MMT) of seed, with a market value of U.S. $19 billion.
On April 12, 2023, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) jointly published a draft “Implementation Opinions of SAMR and MARA on Carrying Out Crop Seed Certification" for comment.
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China: Seed Variety Registration Open for Comment

On March 9, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a Decision on Amending and Repealing Some Regulations (Draft for Comments) for seed variety registration.
On June 29, 2022, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) released Announcement No. 53 of 2022 titled “Implementation of Conditional Retrieval Facilitation Measures for Imported Seed.”