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Notice – China trade (updated 19 July 2022)

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. 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.

While the Department continues to facilitate market access and seeks to ensure importing country requirements are up to date and accurate, we encourage exporters to fully consider their own risk and potential losses.

New Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments

China has implemented a web-based system which must be used to register all Australian food manufacturing, processing and cold storage establishments intending to export food products to China. Exporters who do not manufacture, process or maintain cold storage facilities are not required to register through the Chinese system, however they must source products from China registered establishments.

The system was implemented by China on 1 January 2022 and establishments with trade history with China have until 30 June 2023 to Update their details in the China System.

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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Micor (Fish) sets out the known importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met in order to gain market access for fish and fish products to specific countries.

Micor (Fish) also sets out importing country documentation and certification requirements.

Seafood export establishments must be export-registered, and must conform to the Approved Arrangement requirements of the Export Control (Fish and Fish Product) Rules 2021.

Exporters should seek other sources of information on commercial specifications for fish and fish products imported into a particular country.

For additional information on exporting fish and fish products and the requirement for export registration, visit the Department's website. Here you will find a step-by-step guide to exporting fish and fish products from Australia.

For additional information on Australian seafood trade and market access visit the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation website.

The Department encourages all exporters to contact officials of country of import, either through the importer or directly, to confirm that their product meets the current importing country requirements.

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

The Department

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is referred to as 'the Department' in Micor. In the same way references to 'a Departmental officer', unless specified otherwise, mean an officer of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with responsibilities under Australian export legislation.