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Notice – China trade (updated 22 December 2021)

Import delays for product into China

Exporters/ export-registered establishments are advised that some shipments have been delayed on entry into China, leading to commercial losses. While the Department will continue to facilitate market access and seek to ensure importing country requirements are up to date and accurate, we encourages exporters to fully consider their own risk and potential losses. Exporters should ensure that they have independently confirmed relevant importing country requirements. Exporters are urged to seek advice from importers on potential for disruption to the clearance of their shipment.

New Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments

China has new requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments that will take effect from 1 January 2022. These requirements affect all manufacturers and storage facilities exporting food to China.

For more information on these requirements, and how they may affect your business, refer to the Department's webpage about China’s new requirements for imported food products. This page includes frequently asked questions as well as recordings of two Department-led webinars on China's new requirements.

Alternatively, information relevant to China's new requirements can be accessed via the following Market Access Advices (MAA) and Industry Advice Notices (IAN):

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Certification alert – Avian Influenza (updated 12 August 2021)

In February this year, Australia regained its previous animal health status for avian influenza. The Department is currently reviewing affected health certification for avian and ratite products and assessing whether certification can be reinstated. The Department is actively approaching overseas government authorities to request the removal of trade restrictions imposed due to the outbreak.

Exporters should be aware of these considerations.

For current certification and country-specific trade information for Eggs refer to:

  • Eggs MAA 2021-07 – Nauru, Philippines and Republic of Korea: Updates on HPAI free status and lifting the temporary ban on export of eggs and egg products
  • Meat MAA2120* – Updates for trade to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa (issued on 16 April 2021)
  • Meat MAA2117* – Updates for trade to Kuwait, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, the United States of America, Vanuatu and Vietnam (issued on 31 March 2021)

For the other commodities affected – that is, Live animals, Meat and Non-prescribed goods – see Meat*.

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Micor (Eggs) details importing country requirements for Australian shell eggs and egg products. Micor (Eggs) provides information on requirements such as sourcing eggs and establishment listing that are considered necessary by importing country to satisfy their public and animal health policies.

Micor (Eggs) also details importing country certification requirements, as well as labelling, 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) Rules 2021.

For information on how to export from Australia, visit Exporting from Australia.