Automotive CCC FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1.     What is CCC Mark?

The China Compulsory Certificate mark, commonly known as CCC Mark, is a compulsory safety mark for some products imported, sold or used in the China marketplace.  It was implemented on May 1, 2002 and was fully enforced on August 1, 2003. The CCC Mark is administered by the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) – a Chinese government body.  China Quality Certification Center (CQC) and China Certification Center for Automotive Products (CCAP) are designated by CNCA to process CCC Mark applications as well as defining which product categories require CCC certification.

2.     Is CCC required for every automotive part?

No, China CCC certification is not required for most automotive parts.  Only certain parts are required to obtain CCC approval. See CCC mandatory list for automotive parts.

3.     Do I have to have CCC in order to export to China?

Yes, if your products fall under mandatory CCC list. Required products are found not to have valid CCC certificate will not be permitted to enter Chinese market.  Shipments that are stopped at China Customs will incur daily fees until it can be returned to the country of origin.

4.     What are the major steps in obtaining the CCC Mark?

Please see CCC Process.
5.     What are some of the key benefits G&M Compliance can bring to my company?

G&M has been operating in Beijing since 2004 assisting U.S. companies obtain CCC certifications.  We have close relationship with custom agencies, certification bodies and test laboratories in China.  Our bilingual (English speaking) Chinese associates can work on the ground representing your best interest.  Last but not least, we have developed a very efficient process for handling Automotive CCC certification programs, assuring that your CCC projects can be kept with time and budget constraints.

6.     How long is the CCC certification process, from beginning to completion?

Most CCC applications can be complete in 8 – 10 weeks.  However, if the manufacturing facility has not been inspected and qualified by CQC/CCAP, and Initial Factory Inspection (IFI) must be conducted prior to CCC approval.  Depending on CQC/CCAP’s schedule, it might take an additional month to schedule the IFI; therefore delay the overall certification process.   G&M can assist in preparing Initial Factory inspections to ensure that there will be no surprises during the factory audit.  It is crucial that you engage G&M sooner rather than later so we can meet your schedule.

7.     What is the cost for obtaining CCC certification and are there any hidden or recurring fees?

The cost for obtaining CCC certification of automotive parts differs greatly depending on the category of the part.  Generally, the total fees include the following:

  • Application and Registration Fee
  • Testing Fee
  • Agent Fee
  • Initial Factory Inspection Fee
  • Travel Fees and Accommodation for Chinese Auditors
  • G&M IFI On-Site Consulting Service Fee (optional)
  • CNCA CCC Mark Printing Approval Fee (annually)
  • Annual Factory Audit Fee (annually)

*For automotive parts, the CCC Mark Printing Approval fee is not based on the number of parts you produce. Manufacturers will receive a permission to print certificate from CNCA to print, stamp, carve etc. the CCC Mark on your products. The permission to print certificate needs to be renewed every year for a fee.

8.     What is IFI – Initial Factory Inspection?

Please see Initial Factory Inspection.

9.     Does CCC Certificate expire?

Yes, CCC certificates expire five (5) years after the original date of issuance.  In addition, annual factory audits must be kept up in accordance to the regulations of the certification body.  Renewal of CCC certificates is possible as long as the parts have not been changed and/or modified.  Additional cost is applicable to renew CCC certificates.

10.  Can CCC testing be done outside of China? 

No. Currently all CCC testing must be conducted in China.  Furthermore, the test laboratory must be accredited, recognized and approved by CNCA.