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Argentina (AR)

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1. Import permit

Exporters should ensure that their importer complies with any requirements to obtain a permit for imports into this country.

1.2. Establishment listing

Initial listing procedureRequired?
DAFF Export RegistrationYes
Establishment listing required for this countryNo

1.3. Prohibited products

There are no known products that are prohibited for export to this market.

1.4. Further information

The United States has published a 2013 report on Argentina's import regulations and standards which may provide guidance on requirements.

The Argentine Food Code is also available on the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries - 

The Food Code section on dairy products may be of assistance.

Exporters should check current requirements with their importers.

2. Operational requirements

2.1. General operational requirements

This country has no known additional requirements for general operations that differ to those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 4.

2.2. Hygiene

This country has no known additional hygiene requirements that differ to those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 4.

2.3. Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

This country has no known additional requirements for microbial and residue sampling of milk and milk products that differ to those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 6.

3. Production of edible products

3.1. Milk products (including Dairy By Definition products)

This country has no known additional requirements for the production of milk products that differ to those required by the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

Dairy products that do not meet the definitions of milk products in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005 may also need to be regulated through Part 2 of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, when required by importing countries.

These products are referred to as Dairy by Definition (DBD). Examples of DBD products include such as colostrum, ice-cream, milk products made with non-bovine milk.

4. Production of inedible products

4.1. Manufacturing Grade (DM) milk and milk products

This country has no known additional requirements for Manufacturing Grade milk and milk products that differ from Schedule 5 and 9 of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

Manufacturing Grade products are defined in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

4.2. Animal food

Unless animal food is prepared at an establishment that produces milk and milk products for export as food, these products are non prescribed goods.

In accordance with the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, animal food must be clearly identified as animal food and not for human consumption. It must also be segregated from and not contaminate milk and milk products that are for human consumption.

4.3. Technical products and pharmaceutical material

Unless technical products and pharmaceutical material are prepared at an establishment that produces milk and milk products for export as food, these products are non prescribed goods. They are not regulated by the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

5. Labelling, shelf life, and shipping marks (port marks)

5.1. Labelling and packaging

This country has no known specific requirements for labelling and packaging in addition to those provided in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 7.

5.2. Shelf life restrictions

This country has no known specific requirements for shelf life restrictions other than those provided in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 5 and 7.

5.3. Shipping marks (port marks)

This country has no known specific requirements for shipping marks (port marks).

5.4. Further information

The Argentine Food Code is available on the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Food Code section on labelling may be of assistance.

Exporters should check current requirements with their importers.

6. Documentation requirements for edible products

6.1. Milk and milk products (including Dairy By Definition products)

Dairy Good by Definition or Dairy by Definition (DBD)

The term, DBD, is used to describe dairy products that are considered to be a dairy product by an importing country and need to be certified using the same certificate as the dairy goods prescribed under the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, even though they are not listed as a prescribed goods in these orders.

DBD products must be manufactured in an export registered establishment in accordance with all the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005

If a product is not listed as a prescribed under Australia's export orders, it is the responsibility of the exporter to confirm what certificate is required and to ensure that DBD products that require a dairy certificate, such as the ZD035 Health Certificate, comply with Australia's export orders.

Dairy products that are prescribed under Australia's export orders

(a) milk (other than colostrum) obtained from an animal of the bovine species; and

(b) following milk products derived from milk (other than colostrum) obtained from an animal of the bovine species:

(i) flavoured milk and modified milk;

(ii) cream and thickened cream;

(iii) butter, butter concentrate, buttermilk, concentrated buttermilk, dairy blend, ghee (clarified butter) and anhydrous milk fat (butter oil);

(iv) casein, caseinate and cheese;

 (v) whey, whey cream and concentrated whey cream;

(vi) cultured milk and yoghurt;

(vii) butter milk powder, lactose powder, milk sugar, powdered milk, skim milk powder, whey powder, milk protein powder, condensed milk, milk minerals and other milk concentrates;

(viii) dips containing yoghurt, cream cheese or other dairy base;

(ix) any other like milk product a major component of which is milk.

Generic health certificate for all milk and milk products

For milk and milk products (including dairy products classified as Dairy by Definition), use the ZD035 Health Certificate.

ZD035 Dairy Health Certificate

The ZD035 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin.
Endorsement 359 - DAIRY - ARGENTINA radioactivity, disease & pasteurisation

The goods described in this certificate have not been contaminated by radioactive elements from nuclear fallout. Analysis of representative samples of similar products has shown that the radioactivity level does not exceed the level of 50 Bq/kg.

Australia is free of Rinderpest, Rift Valley fever and Foot and Mouth Disease (including SAT 1, 2, and 3, and Asia 1 strains). The properties from which the milk originated:

  • were free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and its presence is not suspected;
  • were not subject to quarantine restrictions due to Tuberculosis and Brucellosis; and
  • bordering areas have not been, in the past 60 days, subject to clinical diseases caused by the agents listed in the OIE List A for the species concerned.
Basis on which specific attestations can be made 

(a) Animal health assurances - These can be made on the basis of Australia's animal health status and import policies.

(b) Radioactivity assurances - These can be provided on the basis of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Environmental Monitoring in Australia.

Exporter declaration

Whenever export documentation is obtained, the exporter must provide a declaration stating that all the information provided in the permit is true and complete. They must also state that they are in possession of a declaration of compliance that:

  1. applies to the milk and milk products
  2. complies with the requirements of clause 6 of Schedule 9 of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.
Transit Certification Requirements

Milk and milk products transiting the European Union or the United States may require transit documentation. These certificates are available as additional certificates through the EXDOC system. If the product is transiting the United States, standard certification is required and the exporter should contact the Department of Agriculture for advice on how this certification may be issued. If the product is transiting a European Union member state, see the particular European Union member state regarding the certificate template to select.

6.2. Ships stores

Export certification is not issued for ships stores as the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005 do not apply. Ships stores are milk and milk products on ships or aircraft for the use of passengers and crew or for the service of the ships or aircraft on a voyage from Australia.

6.3. Consignments under 10 kilograms and trade samples

It is the responsibility of exporters to determine through their importers if export certification is required for consignments and trade samples that are less than 10 kilograms or 10 litres, as an export permit is not required for such consignments.

6.4. Additional certificates available

The ZX01 Certificate as to Dioxin Status of Australian Dairy Products is available on request.

European Union (EU) transit certificates are available for consignments transiting the EU. Refer to the EU documentation requirements for edible products for the reference numbers and attestations in these certificates.

7. Documentation requirements for inedible products

7.1. Manufacturing Grade (DM) milk and milk products

The Department of Agriculture does not have information about certification requirements for Manufacturing Grade products exported to this country.

Some countries may accept the ZD016 Certificate as to Condition for Manufacturing Grade products. Exporters should check certificate requirements with their importer.

Certificate as to Condition for Manufacturing Grade products

The ZD016 Certificate as to Condition contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982 have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Of Australian Origin

7.2. Animal food

The Department of Agriculture does not have information about certification requirements for stockfood exported to this country.

Some countries may accept the ZD015 Certificate as to Condition for stockfood. Exporters should check certificate requirements with their importer.

Certificate as to Condition for Stockfood products

The ZD015 Certificate as to Condition for Stockfood or the E242A Declaration and Certificate for Shipments of Inedible Animal Products can be issued for stockfood made from milk and milk products.

The ZD015 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982 have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Of Australian Origin

The E242A Declaration and Certificate contains the following attestations:

It has been declared to me, a duly qualified veterinary surgeon in the employ of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and I have no reason to doubt the products described above were derived from animals of Australian origin and the products were treated solely within Australia. I further certify that foot-and-mouth disease and rinderpest do not exist in Australia.

7.3. Technical products and pharmaceutical material

The Department of Agriculture does not have information about certification requirements for exports of technical product and pharmaceutical material to this country.

Some countries may accept the ZD001 Certificate as to Condition. Exporters should check certificate requirements with their importer.

Certificate as to Condition

The ZD001 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I certify to the best of my knowledge that the information on this form is true and correct in every particular details and that the product described above is of Australian origin and is acceptable for sale in Australia.

8. Shipping and airfreight requirements

This country has no known specific requirements for shipping and airfreight. Milk and milk products must be transported to ensure their condition and integrity is maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

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Last updated: 11/03/2021 12:59 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 11:06 AM