(updated 22 September 2020)
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7N7) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N2) have been confirmed on farms in Victoria in July and August 2020. As a result, the Department is unable to issue export certification for some poultry and ratite meat, meat products, rendered meals, pet food, eggs and egg products where the certification contains freedom from avian influenza declarations. In addition, some trading partners have imposed temporary suspensions on the import of these products from Victoria or all of Australia.
The Department is issuing regular Market Access Advices (MAAs) to advise exporters of relevant trade developments and the status of export certification. Exporters are advised to refer to the latest MAA (MAA2069, issued on
18 September 2020) for the most up-to-date information.
Exporters are also advised to confirm with their importer or the importing country's relevant authority that they meet the importing country requirements.
For all enquiries or to obtain a copy of the latest Market Access Advice, please email
Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.
COVID-19 exporter update
Country adoption of additional requirements for exported food and agricultural products
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) is aware that trading partners may require additional assurances for food and agricultural products as a result of the rapid and global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department understands that these temporary requirements may include requests for additional certification, or statements/ attestations to provide assurance that products are not contaminated and are safe for human consumption.
Given the above, the Department will not provide additional certification or tailored statements for individual product exports in reference to this virus. However, if concerns are raised by trading partners and additional documentation is required, the Department has provided a generic letter which can be used by exporters.
The Department is proactively monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. The Department would like to note that COVID-19 information provided on Micor is temporary and should only be used if required. The decision to supply the information to an importer/importing country is a commercial decision.
Micor (Eggs and non-prescribed goods) details importing country requirements for Australian shell eggs and egg products. Micor provides information on requirements such as sourcing eggs and establishment listing that are considered necessary by the importing country to satisfy their public and animal health policies.
Micor (Eggs and non-prescribed goods) also details importing country certification requirements, as well as labeling, product testing, manufacturing processes, and any other conditions that must be met to enable access to a specific overseas market.
All egg and egg processing establishments must adhere to the requirements of the
Export Control (Egg and Egg Products) Orders 2005.
Export legislation regulates the export of animal and plant goods. Certain goods are not prescribed under
the legislation and can be exported without the involvement of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Some meat, fish, dairy and egg products and by-products are non prescribed, however if an importing country requires certification, they will be regulated under the relevant commodity order. Information on market access for these products can be found in the relevant prescribed commodity Micor. See table 1 for the location of information on specified non-prescribed commodities.
Due to the August 2014 Micor upgrade, some pages display the date of 'last update' as a date in July or August 2014. These dates were applied when the system was upgraded and therefore do not necessarily reflect the last date that the page was updated. The Department is currently investigating if this issue can be corrected. Exporters should not rely on this date to determine when changes to importing country requirements have occurred. The Department encourages all exporters to contact officials from the country of import, either through the importer or directly, to confirm that their product meets the current importing country requirements.
Any other animal or plant product, which is not included in the commodity orders, such as honey and other apiculture products, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and highly processed foods, such as biscuits and confectionery, may still need the assistance of the Department to meet importing country requirements. In these circumstances, the Department has the power to issue a certificate and ensure that importing country requirements are met, under Section 8.05 of the Export Control (Prescribed Goods - General) Order 2005.
Micor (Eggs/NPG) includes advice on known importing country requirements for goods that are certified under Section 8.05 of the Export Control (Prescribed Goods - General) Order 2005