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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for TaiwanNo
 1.2 Access for products for human consumption
ProductAccess?
Finfish  Yes(*) (**) (***)
BivalvesYes
CrustaceansYes(*)
EchinodermsYes
GastropodsYes(**)
CephalopodsYes
TunicatesYes
CrocodileNo

(*) In accordance with Taiwan's 'Quarantine Requirement for the Importation of Live Crustacean and Molluscs' and 'Quarantine Requirement for the Importation of Live Fish and the Gametes and Fertilized Eggs', certain live seafood cannot be certified by the Department for export to Taiwan.

Please refer to Taiwans live species list for the scientific names of live aquatic species which cannot be exported to Taiwan. 

(**) Sourcing requirements for live gastropods and live eel are discussed in Sourcing of fish and fish products- Section 3.1.

(***) Following the introduction by Taiwan of their ‘Quarantine Requirements for the Importation of Frozen/Chilled Uneviscerated Fish Products’, certain species of seafood cannot be certified by the Department for export to Taiwan when in an uneviscerated state. Please refer to Taiwan's list of species (scientific names) which cannot currently be exported to Taiwan in an uneviscerated state.

To determine the common name for fish on Taiwan's species lists please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

For more information, please also refer to Market Access Advice: Fish10/12Market Access Advice: Fish11/10, Market Access Advice: Fish11/13, Market Access Advice: Fish11/15, and Market Access Advice: Fish13/01.

1.3 Access for non-prescribed goods

ProductAccess?
Technical products pharmaceutical materialNo agreed certification
Rendered productsNo agreed certification
Crocodile skins and hidesNo agreed certification
ShellsNo agreed certification

Non-prescribed goods are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Furthermore, the Rules do not apply to:

  • liquid fish products exported in a consignment of no more than 10 litres
  • dried fish and dried fish products (other than dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 2 kilograms
  • fish and fish products (other than liquid fish and dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 10 kilograms.
However, the Department may provide an export certificate if one is required by the importing country competent authority.

1.4 Australian products that do not meet Taiwanese official requirements

Live seafood

In accordance with Taiwan's 'Quarantine Requirement for the Importation of Live Crustacean and Molluscs' and 'Quarantine Requirement for the Importation of Live Fish and the Gametes and Fertilized Eggs', certain live seafood cannot be certified by the Department for export to Taiwan.

Please refer to Taiwan's live species list for the scientific names of live aquatic species which cannot be exported to Taiwan. 

Frozen/Chilled Uneviscerated fish

Following the introduction by Taiwan of their ‘Quarantine Requirements for the Importation of Frozen/Chilled Uneviscerated Fish Products’, certain species of seafood cannot be certified by the Department for export to Taiwan when in an uneviscerated state. Please refer to Taiwan's list of species (scientific names) which cannot currently be exported to Taiwan in an uneviscerated state.

To determine the common name for fish on Taiwan's species lists please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

1.5 Premises and equipment

Taiwan has no known additional requirements for premises and equipment that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2. Operational requirements

2.1 General operational requirements

Taiwan has no known additional requirements for specific operations that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

Taiwan has no known additional requirements for microbial sampling of fish and fish products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

Live abalone

Live abalone must be sourced from a state or territory where Perkinsus olseni is not known to be present and has not been reported as present for at least the previous two years. If abalone is sourced from a state or territory where P. olseni is known to be present, or has been reported as present in the previous two years, consignments must be subject to testing and found free of P. olseni prior to export.

Live eel

Live eel must be of marine origin or be sourced from a state of territory where Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome is not known to be present, and has not been reported as present for at least the last two years. If eel is sourced from a state or territory where Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome is known to be present, or has been reported as present in the previous two years, and is not of marine origin, consignments must be subject to testing and found free of Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome prior to export.

Information on Perkinsus olseni and Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome are available in the Identification Field Guide - Aquatic Animal Diseases Significant to Australia.

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

Taiwan has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles.

4. Production for human consumption

4.1 Fish and fish products

Following the introduction by Taiwan of their ‘Quarantine Requirements for the Importation of Frozen/Chilled Uneviscerated Fish Products’, certain species of seafood cannot be certified by the Department for export to Taiwan when in an uneviscerated state. Please refer to Taiwan's list of species (scientific names) which cannot currently be exported to Taiwan in an uneviscerated state.

To determine the common name for fish on Taiwan's species list please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

Technical products and pharmaceutical material

No agreed certification. Please contact import officials to confirm importing country requirements.

Crocodile skins and hides

Crocodile skins and hides are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Shells

Shells are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Rendered products

Rendered products are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

6. Labelling, use-by date, trade description and shipping marks (port marks)

6.1 Labelling and trade description

The labelling requirements for food and food raw materials, including Fish and Fish products, are contained in Taiwan's Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (and its associated enforcement rules).

Current labelling requirements:

  • Prior to importation labelling on all containers and external packaging of food and food raw materials must be in Chinese (traditional Chinese characters); any labelling text in the foreign language of the country of origin must be supplementary to the Chinese.
  • All labels must specify the product name, weight, volume or quantity of the product, ingredients and additives, manufacturer, country of origin, expiry and nutritional details.
  • If the products are to be re-packaged or processed in Taiwan then a temporary Chinese labelling exemption can be applied for at the time of submitting an application for Taiwan Food and Drug Administration's (TFDA's) import inspection. Chinese labelling must still be applied before the products are sold.

Please note the above labelling requirements are applicable to certain live seafood (including fish and crustaceans) exported for human consumption.

  • Products subject to TFDA's Food Safety and Sanitation Act can be checked by entering the tariff code or name of the product on the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade (TBFT) website.
  • TFDA has advised that for most live products imported in bulk form importers could apply for Chinese labelling exemption at the time of submitting an application for TFDA's import inspection.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Exporters should contact their importers to ensure they are satisfying all of the Taiwanese labelling requirements for exporting fish and fish products.

Labelling requirement for restructured meat

All restructured meat that is sold as bulk or packaged food must be labelled as "restructured" and "To be cooked before consumption" or with equivalent text.

Restructured meat is defined as meat (including fish) pieces that have been processed through binding, adhering or pressing and the products appear to be in the form of chunk pieces which may be mistaken by consumers as unprocessed meat.

Meatballs, hot dogs, ham, hamburger meat, sausage, fish balls, fish plates, beef balls, duck meat balls and other products which are well known to consumers as being restructured foods are exempt from this labelling requirement.

6.2 Use-by date and/or shelf life restrictions

Taiwan has specific labelling requirements for use-by dates and/or shelf life restrictions

  • Labelling of the expiry date shall be decipherable, in the format year, month and day.
  • Products with a shelf life greater than 3 months may be labelled with the year and month only (the last date of that month shall be the expiry date)

6.3 Shipping marks (port marks)

Taiwan has no known specific requirements for shipping marks (port marks).

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Live seafood

Live finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

It is a requirement that both genus and species name of each product be printed on the health certificate. These details are automatically generated through EXDOC.

Please note the Department is unable to certify certain consignments of some species of live seafood for export to Taiwan. Please refer to Taiwan's live species list for the scientific names of live aquatic species which cannot be exported to Taiwan. To determine the common names of these species, please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

Please refer to Taiwan's list of species (scientific names) which cannot currently be exported to Taiwan in an un-eviscerated state. For information on the Australian standard fish name for these species please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

Live finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, cephalopods, and tunicates

For export eligible live finfish (excluding eel), crustaceans, echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates, use FX46 certificate with endorsement 4782.

For live eel, use FX46 certificate with endorsement 4727.

Live molluscs (excluding cephalopods) of aquaculture origin

For live molluscs of aquaculture origin (excluding cephalopods and abalone) that are being exported to Taiwan use FX46TA certificate with endorsement 4782.

For live abalone of aquaculture origin, use FX46TA certificate with endorsement 4726.

Taiwan requires the harvest area to be listed on export certificates accompanying molluscs (except cephalopods) entering Taiwan. Shipments of these products will be detained in Taiwan if they do not comply with this requirement.

Additional certification requirements for ocean grown, aquaculture origin, live molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

For live molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from harvest areas accredited under the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (ASQAP) Export Standards:

  • Exporters must enter the harvest area information in the harvest area field in the RFP. This information will continue to appear in the product description field, as for current certification.
  • Exporters must enter 'Not Applicable' in the free text field when completing the RFP

For live molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from ocean grown aquaculture areas, such as artificial reefs:

  • Exporters must enter the export registration number, name and address of the licensee and FAO code of the harvest site, in the free text field in the RFP.
  • Exporters must ensure that details are entered correctly to ensure that correct information appears on export certificates and consignments are not detained by Taiwanese officials due to inconsistencies in the details of the licensee and harvest site.
  • This information will appear on the certificate in the 'Aquaculture Area' field.
Additional certification requirements for land based, aquaculture origin, live molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

For live molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from land based aquaculture facilities:

  • When raising a 'Request for Permit (RFP) exporters must include the name, address and establishment number (if applicable) of the land-based aquaculture facility/facilities where the product(s) have been harvested e.g. Testfarm1 Test Street Hobart TAS 2600. Exporters enter this information into a free text field located in the RFP.
  • Exporters must ensure that details are entered correctly to ensure that correct information appears on export certificates and consignments are not detained by Taiwanese officials due to inconsistencies in the name and address of source facilities.
  • The harvest area information will appear on the certificate in a new field located above the product line called 'Aquaculture Area.'
  • Inclusion of the details of the aquaculture facility on the FX46TA certificate replaces the requirement for a facilitation letter to accompany these consignments.
Live molluscs (excluding cephalopods) of wild origin

For live molluscs (except cephalopods) of wild origin that are being exported to Taiwan use FX46T certificate with endorsement 4782.

Additional certification requirements for wild origin live molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

Exporters must include the harvest area (i.e. FAO code or ASQAP harvest area) when raising a Request for Permit for all consignments of live wild origin molluscs (except cephalopods). 

The FX46, FX46T and FX46TA Certificate as to Condition contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular 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 4782

The presence of biotoxins in bivalve shellfish have been managed in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program - Export Standards.

Additional endorsement 4726
  1. Australia maintains a system that meets OIE requirements for the notification of diseases and epidemiological information in aquatic animals. In respect of farmed aquatic animals, these were examined prior to harvesting for processing or transport and found to be healthy.
  2. These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice.
  3. The exported product has been found free from infection with Perkinsus olseni.
  4. The presence of biotoxins in bivalve shellfish have been managed in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program - Export Standards.
Additional endorsement 4727
  1. Australia maintains a system that meets OIE requirements for the notification of diseases and epidemiological information in aquatic animals. In respect of farmed aquatic animals, these were examined prior to harvesting for processing or transport and found to be healthy.
  2. These products have been processed in accordance with Codex Alimentarius Commission Principles for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and relevant codes of hygienic practice.
  3. The exported product has been found free from infection with Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome.

7.2 Non-viable seafood

Non viable finfish, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

It is a requirement that both genus and species name of each product be printed on the health certificate. These details are automatically generated through EXDOC.

Please refer to Taiwan's list of species (scientific names) which cannot currently be exported to Taiwan in an un-eviscerated state. For information on the Australian standard fish name for these species please use the Australian Fish Name Standard.

Non-viable finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates

For export eligible non-viable finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, cephalopods and tunicates, use FX46 certificate with endorsement 4782.

Non-viable molluscs (excluding cephalopods) of aquaculture origin

For non-viable molluscs (excluding cephalopods) of aquaculture origin that are being exported to Taiwan use FX46 certificate with endorsement 4782. 

Taiwan requires the harvest area to be listed on export certificates accompanying molluscs (except cephalopods) entering Taiwan. Shipments of these products will be detained in Taiwan if they do not comply with this requirement.

Additional certification requirements for ocean grown, aquaculture origin, non-viable molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

For non-viable molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from harvest areas accredited under the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (ASQAP) Export Standards:

  • Exporters must enter the harvest area information in the harvest area field in the RFP. This information will continue to appear in the product description field, as for current certification.
  • Exporters must enter 'Not Applicable' in the free text field when completing the RFP

For non-viable  molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from ocean grown aquaculture areas, such as artificial reefs:

  • Exporters must enter the export registration number, name and address of the licensee and FAO code of the harvest site, in the free text field in the RFP.
  • Exporters must ensure that details are entered correctly to ensure that correct information appears on export certificates and consignments are not detained by Taiwanese officials due to inconsistencies in the details of the licensee and harvest site.
  • This information will appear on the certificate in the 'Aquaculture Area' field.
Certification requirements for land based, aquaculture origin, non-viable molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

For non-viable molluscs (except cephalopods) sourced from land based aquaculture facilities:

  • When raising a 'Request for Permit (RFP) exporters must include the name, address and establishment number (if applicable) of the land-based aquaculture facility/facilities where the product(s) have been harvested e.g. Testfarm1 Test Street Hobart TAS 2600. Exporters enter this information into a free text field located in the RFP.
  • Exporters must ensure that details are entered correctly to ensure that correct information appears on export certificates and consignments are not detained by Taiwanese officials due to inconsistencies in the name and address of source facilities.
  • The harvest area information will appear on the certificate in a new field located above the product line called 'Aquaculture Area.'
  • Inclusion of the details of the aquaculture facility on the FX46TA certificate replaces the requirement for a facilitation letter to accompany these consignments.
Non-viable molluscs (excluding cepphalopods) of wild origin

For non-viable molluscs (except cephalopods) of wild origin that are being exported to Taiwan use FX46T certificate with endorsement 4782. 

Additional certification requirements for wild origin non-viable molluscs (excluding cephalopods)

Exporters must include the harvest area information (i.e. FAO code or ASQAP harvest area) when raising a Request for Permit for all consignments of live wild origin molluscs (except cephalopods).

The FX46, FX46T and FX46TA Certificate as to Condition contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular 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 4782

The presence of biotoxins in bivalve shellfish have been managed in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program - Export Standards.

7.3 Crocodiles

7.3 No agreed crocodiles

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile meat into Taiwan.

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

8.1 Technical products and pharmaceutical material

There is no agreed certification for import of technical products and pharmaceutical materials into Taiwan. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any technical products or pharmaceutical material.

8.2 Rendered products

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into Taiwan. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any rendered products.

8.3 Crocodile skins and hides

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile skins and hides into Taiwan. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any crocodile skins and hides.

8.4 Shells

There is no agreed certification for import of shells into Taiwan. The Department may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any shells.

9. Shipping and air freight requirements

10. Port-of-entry clearance inspection and testing

11. Definitions

Latest updates

16/06/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
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Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:50 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:28 PM