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CCC Investigation Letter for Products That Do Not Need CCC Certification

22. July 2014

Often products which do not need CCC are detained in Chinese customs because customs officers wrongly determine that a certification obligation is necessary. To minimize the risk, an Investigation Letter (also known as a CCC Clearance Certificate) can often clarify the reasons that a particular product does not need CCC certification.

It is important to carefully check to see if there is a CCC certification need before applying for an Investigation Letter. Please keep in mind that the HS Code or the respective customs tariff is not sufficient for determine certification obligations. The HS Code is often mistakenly used by manufacturers as the only indicator to determine the CCC obligation of products or individual components. For reliable determinations of a certification need, the product should always be analyzed according to its specific product functions and performance. Only then, can the product be checked to see which applicable Chinese regulations would apply.

Please note that an Investigation Letter cannot be used for goods that are already detained in customs. For this you will need a CIQ declaration at the local CIQ (China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau), or you may need to apply for an exemption certificate.

CCC Investigation letter

CCC Investigation Letter by China Certification Corporation

China Certification Corporation can issue you an Investigation letter for non-mandatory CCC products in as quickly as 4 working days (from the time the application and necessary documents are submitted). After determining that the product does not need CCC, a simple application form is filled out with the relevant product specifications and submitted to the third party certification company who will issue the Letter of Investigation. The letter clearly points out the reasons that the product does not need CCC certification. This letter is helpful at customs, and can also be useful in negotiations with customers in China.

Another option for automotive products that do not need CCC, would be an official rejection letter from the CCAP (China Certification Centre for Automotive Products). This letter would show that the CCAP has determined that the product does not need CCC. Unfortunately, the CCAP rejection letter is only available for automotive parts.

Please contact us for a free and non-binding CCC check of your product.
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China Certification Corporation assists companies with every aspect of their CCC certification:

  • We will check to see if your product needs CCC certification
  • We will determine the best way to import your products into China
  • We will assist you with the necessary paperwork required for shipping your products
  • We coordinate the process and prepare the customs clearance in China
  • We solve customs issues related to demands for Chinese certifications such as CCC, CEL, CFDA, CCIC or CIQ.
  • If the products require a certification, we will examine the possibility of applying for an exemption certificate



For more detailed information please download our free booklet “CCC Made Easy” and “Customs Clearance”


MPR Author

About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

Tel.: +49 69 271 37 69 150