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Considerations prior to updating of establishment details (added 3 June 2021)

The following should be considered prior to updating establishment details:

  • When an establishment notifies the Department of an administrative change (that is, a change of occupier, company name, address, or in some instances product specific changes), the Department amends the establishment record in the system.
  • The establishment's amended details will appear on applicable export documentation including health certification from the date that the Department amends the establishment record
  • When relevant changes are made to an establishment's details, the Department will advise trading partners that maintain establishment lists of the change of details; however, the Department is unable to guarantee a timeframe as to when trading partners will update the establishment's overseas listing details they maintain. This means that there may be a period in which export certification issued by the Department does not match the trading partner's official published listing, which may result in clearance issues at the port of entry.
  • Establishments should be aware that their ability to export to some countries may be impacted during this transition period and may include issues with goods in transit.
  • Exporters and manufacturers are encouraged to check that their establishment's details are recorded accurately where they appear on trading partners' lists and to contact the Department if errors are found.

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment registration

Establishments are required to be export registered to export eggs from Australia to Singapore.

1.2 Overseas listing

Establishments are required to be establishment listed to export eggs from Australia to Singapore.
Initial listing procedureRequired?
Export registration with the departmentYes
Establishment listing required for SingaporeYes
Singapore inspection for listingNo

The following should be considered prior to updating establishment details:

  • When an establishment notifies the Department of an administrative change (that is, a change of occupier, company name, address, or in some instances product specific changes), the Department amends the establishment record in the system.
  • The establishment's amended details will appear on applicable export documentation including health certification from the date that the Department amends the establishment record
  • When relevant changes are made to an establishment's details, the Department will advise trading partners that maintain establishment lists of the change of details; however, the Department is unable to guarantee a timeframe as to when trading partners will update the establishment's overseas listing details they maintain. This means that there may be a period in which export certification issued by the Department does not match the trading partner's official published listing, which may result in clearance issues at the port of entry.
  • Establishments should be aware that their ability to export to some countries may be impacted during this transition period and may include issues with goods in transit.
  • Exporters and manufacturers are encouraged to check that their establishment's details are recorded accurately where they appear on trading partners' lists and to contact the Department if errors are found.

1.3 General information

An import permit is required for eggs exported from Australia to Singapore.

The validity of the permit is subject to change as determined by Singapore.

Farms that produce shell eggs must have accreditation freedom from Salmonella enteritidis.

2. Operational requirements

2.1 Operational requirements additional to Australia’s export legislation

Establishments that produce egg products must have a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan that includes:

  • Time/temperature parameters
  • Absence of additives or colourings that are injurious to human health.

Australia is approved for the export of table eggs from Singapore Food Agency (SFA) approved free-range, barn and cage layer farms. The SFA has replaced Singapore's former Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

Free-range, barn and cage layer farms must adhere to Singapore's biosecurity requirements with the exception that Singapore's bird-proofing requirements are not required for free-range farms.

Farms that produce shell eggs for export to Singapore must be tested free from Salmonella enteritidis, and must have been free for the three (3) months prior to export, from:

  • Salmonellosis (including S. pullorum)
  • Velogenic Newcastle disease
  • Infectious bursal disease
  • Duck virus enteritis and duck viral hepatitis
  • Chronic respiratory disease due to Mycoplasma gallisepticum or M. synoviae.

To obtain SFA approval, layer farms must submit an application dossier (refer to the documents listed below) and may be subject to onsite audit if deemed necessary by the SFA.

  • Barn and cage layer farm: application dossier will be reviewed by the department, upon recommendation by the department to the SFA, subsequently approved by SFA.
  • Free-range layer farms: application dossier provided by the free-range layer farm will be submitted to SFA as part of the approval process.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling

Singapore has no known additional requirements for microbial and residue sampling of eggs and egg products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling

Singapore has no known additional requirements for microbial and residue sampling of eggs and egg products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

3. Documentation requirements

3.1 Cage, barn and free-range table eggs

Health certificate for eggs and egg products

For eggs and egg products produced for human consumption, use Health Certificate template EX46EG with additional endorsement.

EX46EG endorsement

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

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin
Additional endorsement 6457
  1. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and H5 and H7 low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) are notifiable diseases in Australia.
  2. Either Australia has been free of HPAI and LPAI of the H5 and H7 subtypes for the past 3 months prior to export; or the birds from which the product was derived originate from a zone which has been approved by the SFA as being free from both HPAI and LPAI of the H5 and H7 subtypes for the past 3 months prior to export.
  3. The eggs are unfertilized and derived from layer flocks kept in a farm accredited for the import of eggs by SFA.
  4. The farm where the eggs originate has been tested and found to be free from Salmonella Enteritidis, and no case of velogenic Newcastle disease has been diagnosed on the farm for the last three (3) months prior to export.
  5. The eggs have a fully developed shell and were clean, fresh and fit for human consumption.
  6. The eggs have been handled and packed in new or appropriately sanitised packaging materials and containers in a hygienic manner.
  7. Additives and/or colouring matters injurious to health have not been added. 

Health Certificates must have the following information stated in the 'Description of Goods' field:

  1. Singapore Food Agency's approved farm code. For example: "Farm Code CEWXXX"
  2. Whether the product is "free range" or "non-free range".

3.2 Egg products that are not heat treated

Use Health Certificate template EX46EG (electronic or manual) with additional endorsement 4657.

  1. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and H5 and H7 low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) are notifiable diseases in Australia.
  2. Either Australia has been free of HPAI and LPAI of the H5 and H7 subtypes for the past 3 months prior to export; or the birds from which the product was derived originate from a zone which has been approved by the SFA as being free from both HPAI and LPAI of the H5 and H7 subtypes for the past 3 months prior to export.
  3. The eggs are unfertilized and derived from layer flocks kept in a farm accredited for the import of eggs by SFA.
  4. The farm where the eggs originate has been tested and found to be free from Salmonella Enteritidis, and no case of velogenic Newcastle disease has been diagnosed on the farm for the last three (3) months prior to export.
  5. The eggs have a fully developed shell and were clean, fresh and fit for human consumption.
  6. The eggs have been handled and packed in new or appropriately sanitised packaging materials and containers in a hygienic manner.
  7. Additives and/or colouring matters injurious to health have not been added.

3.3 Egg products that are heat treated

Use Health Certificate template EX46SG (electronic or manual) with additional endorsement 4802.

  1. The processed egg products have been processed to ensure the destruction of avian influenza virus in accordance with Article 10.4.25 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (OIE).
  2. The farm where the eggs originate has been tested and found to be free from Salmonella enteritidis and no case of velogenic Newcastle disease, infectious bursal disease, EDS '76 or chronic respiratory disease due to Mycoplasma gallisepticum or M. synoviae, salmonellosis (including S. pullorum), duck virus enteritis or duck viral hepatitis has been diagnosed on the farm for the last three months prior to export.

3.4 Manufacturing grade products

For eggs and egg products for laboratory and scientific testing purposes, not fit for human consumption, use E242 (manual only) certificate. The following endorsement must be manually entered on the certificate:
The above-mentioned egg/egg products:

  1. are intended for laboratory research and scientific testing purposes within a controlled laboratory environment only and are not for human consumption.
  2. were unfertilised and derived from birds housed at a government licensed research facility.
  3. were taken from birds which, at the time of collection, were clinically healthy and free from notifiable poultry diseases and have not been in contact with birds of a lesser health status within three months prior to export.
  4. were produced from birds originating from an area which, at the time the eggs were collected, was not subjected to government quarantine restrictions due to a notifiable poultry disease, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza, notifiable low pathogenic avian influenza, velogenic Newcastle disease and infectious bursal disease (hypervirulent).
  5. were produced from birds originating from flocks that undertake surveillance testing for Salmonella enteritidis and where no case of Salmonella enteritidis, EDS '76 or chronic respiratory disease due to Mycoplasma has been diagnosed on the farm of origin for the last three months prior to export.
  6. were produced, stored and transported under hygienic conditions and all precautions were taken to prevent contamination with communicable pathogens.
  7. were packed in new secure airtight disposable packaging.

E242 certificate has the following hard-coded attestations

I …………… of …………… do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare that I have read this form and that the information contained in this certificate is correct in every detail and that the goods described above were derived from animals of Australian origin and the products were treated solely in Australia. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.

I, the undersigned, a duly qualified veterinary surgeon in the employ of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, have no reason to doubt the truth of this declaration, and certify that foot-and-mouth disease and rinderpest do not exist in Australia.

The egg and egg products have not been sourced from areas/states under quarantine restriction for Newcastle disease or notifiable avian influenza.

3.5 Consignments under 10kg and trade samples

Singapore has no known specific requirements for consignments under 10kg and trade samples that differ from those required in the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

4. Import procedures

4.1 Import permit

An import permit is required for eggs exported from Australia to Singapore.

4.2. Port of entry inspection and testing

Singapore has no known specific requirements for port of entry inspection and testing that differ from those required in the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

5. Packaging, labelling and shipping marks (port marks)

5.1 Packaging

Singapore has no known requirements for packaging other than those provided in the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

5.2 Labelling

For labelling of shell eggs to Singapore, the farm code issued by the SFA and unique to each approved layer establishment must be stamped on each egg. This ensures that Singapore’s traceability requirements for shell eggs are being met and is used by the SFA to verify the eggs have been sourced from approved establishments.

The Department is in the process of updating certificate endorsements.

  • Nutritional claims: Not applicable
  • Dual Language: Not applicable

5.3 Shelf life

Singapore has no known specific requirements for shelf life.

5.4 Use-by date

Singapore has no known specific requirements for use-by dates.

5.5 Shipping marks

Singapore has no known specific requirements for shipping marks.

6. Shipping and air freight requirements

6.1 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

Eggs and egg products must be transported to ensure their condition and integrity is maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Rules 2021.

7. Additional documentation available

No additional documents required.

8. Definitions

Not applicable.

Latest updates

23/08/2022 - All sections updated to conform to standard Eggs headings.
06/05/2021 - Removal of updates put in place during the 2020 Avian Influenza outbreak in Victoria.
16/11/2020 - Production of shell eggs - links to application dossiers/ documents (section 1.3).
02/10/2020 - Added additional information on listing applications.
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Last updated: 28/09/2022 10:43 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 7:26 AM