Milk and milk products that are prescribed under Australia's export rules
- are milk or milk products derived from a bovine animal; and
- are intended to be exported as food.
Milk and milk products that are not prescribed under Australia's export rules
Milk and Milk products which do not meet the criteria under the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 are classified by Australia as non-prescribed goods. It is the responsibility of the exporter to confirm with Brazil if there are any specific requirements for the import of these product. Typically, non-prescribed goods include, ice-cream, non-bovine milk and milk products, colostrum and products with a minor component of dairy.
Further information on
exporting non-prescribed goods from Australia is available on the Department's website.
In some cases, an importing country requires specific health certification and government oversight for what would typically be non-prescribed milk and milk products. When required, these products become prescribed under export legislation and must meet all export and importing country requirements. This includes the products being manufactured and stored at an export registered establishment and having a valid export permit and health certificate for each consignment. Guidance on export registration can be found at
Dairy export registered establishments.
5.1.1 Health certification for milk and milk products
For milk and milk products produces for human consumption (including milk and milk products classified as a prescribed good by an importing country), use health certificate template ZDBR01.
For milk and milk products, use the ZDBR01 Health Certificate.
The ZDBR01 Certificate contains the following attestations:
I, Official Veterinarian Inspector, certify that the products mentioned below:
- Originated from a country free from Rinderpest and Lumpy Skin Disease (Contagious Nodular Dermatosis), and from dairy properties located in areas where foot and mouth disease cases have not been reported in a 25 kilometre radius in the last 12 months before production
- Originated from an establishment which was not under any sanitary restrictions as a result of infectious-contagious disease eradication programs
- Were obtained from milk which meets the physical, chemical and microbiological parameters included in Annex IV of the Normative Instruction no 51/2002 MAPA
- Are free from hormones, tireostatics, antimicrobial agents, anti-parasitical products, mycotoxin agents, pesticides, or other forbidden drugs or the presence of these substances over the limit tolerated by the Brazilian Control Program of Residue in Milk Products (PCRL) (Normative Instruction no 42.1999- SDA/MAPA), which are within the limits of radioactivity accepted by the WHO
- Were obtained from sanitized milk, thermally treated in accordance with OIE guidelines in order to inactivate pathogen agents which may transit diseases through milk (diseases listed by OIE). Cheese produced with milk that has not been pasteurised or thermally treated to assure negative alkaline phosphatise must be submitted to a maturation process under temperatures higher than 5oC for a period of no less than 60 days
- Originated from a plant officially registered and authorised to process milk and milk by-products by the competent authority of the exporting country and approved by the Federal Republic of Brazil Inspection Service;
- Were packed with labels registered by DIPOA, and were transported by vehicles sanitised before carrying the consignment, in order to avoid pests
- Were inspected by an Official Inspector, did not present any signs of tampering and were in perfect conservation condition
- Are fit for human consumption.
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:
- applies to the milk and milk products
- complies with the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.
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 DRU 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.
When raising a Request for Permit, exporters must provide:
- the batch code of the consignment
- transfer documentation
- a Declaration of Compliance.
If the product contains imported dairy product, exporters must enter into the Request for Permit the:
- nature of the imported dairy ingredient including the percentage in the product
- country of origin.
Galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) products
Brazil does not require health certification from the Department for GOS products. However, the exporter is required to get an export permit from the Department prior to departure of consignments containing GOS products.