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United Arab Emirates (AE)

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for the United Arab EmiratesNo
 1.2 Access for products for human consumption
ProductAccess?
FinfishYes*
BivalvesYes
CrustaceansYes
EchinodermsYes
GastropodsYes
CephalopodsYes
TunicatesYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification

* Australia does not have access for live and non-viable farmed seafood that has been fed porcine (pig) products. For more information see MAA 2016-14.

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 Emirati official requirements

Australia does not have access for live and non-viable farmed seafood that has been fed porcine (pig) products. For more information see MAA 2016-14.

1.5 Premises and equipment

The United Arab Emirates 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

The United Arab Emirates 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

The United Arab Emirates 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

The United Arab Emirates has no known additional requirements for sourcing of fish and fish products that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

The United Arab Emirates has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles.

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

The United Arab Emirates has no known additional requirements for refrigeration, transfer and loadout that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

4. Production for human consumption

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

Shells

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

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.

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

Processed foods labelled as ‘GMO-free’ (or similar term)

It is a UAE requirement for foods labelled as ‘GMO-free’ (or similar term) to be accompanied by a statement from an Australian government agency in support of this claim. See MAA 2015-11 for further information.

6.2 Use-by date and/or shelf life restrictions

The United Arab Emirates has no known specific requirements for use-by dates and/or shelf life restrictions in addition to Department-administered legislation.

6.3 Shipping marks (port marks)

The United Arab Emirates has no known specific requirements for shipping marks (port marks).

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Live seafood

Live seafood (aquaculture and wild-caught)

For live seafood (excluding bivalve molluscs), use an FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 5116.

The FX46 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

'The animal product(s) herein described, complies/y with the relevant UAE standards and requirements which have been recognised as equivalent to the Australian standards and requirements as prescribed in the UAE/DAWR Memorandum of Understanding.'

Live aquaculture only (excluding bivalve molluscs)

Farmed seafood products (excluding bivalve molluscs) are required to be accompanied by a certificate issued / notarized by a UAE-accredited Halal certification body declaring that:

“The fish products of aquaculture origin have only been fed on feed material free from porcine animal protein”

For more information see MAA 2016-14 and MAA 2014-10.

These products also need to comply with documentation requirements under the Live Seafood section above.

Live bivalve molluscs

For export of live bivalve molluscs, use an FX46 Certificate with endorsement 5116.

The FX46 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
Endorsement 5116

The animal product(s) herein described, complies/y with the relevant UAE standards and requirements which have been recognised as equivalent to the Australian standards and requirements as prescribed in the UAE/DAWR Memorandum of Understanding.’

7.2 Non-viable seafood

Non-viable seafood (aquaculture and wild-caught)

For non-viable seafood (excluding bivalve molluscs), use an FX46 Certificate as to Condition with endorsement 5116.

The FX46 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 5116

The animal product(s) herein described, complies/y with the relevant UAE standards and requirements which have been recognised as equivalent to the Australian standards and requirements as prescribed in the UAE/DAWR Memorandum of Understanding.’

Non-viable aquaculture only (excluding bivalve molluscs)

Farmed seafood products (excluding bivalve molluscs) are required to be accompanied by a certificate issued / notarized by a UAE-accredited Halal certification body declaring that:

“The fish products of aquaculture origin have only been fed on feed material free from porcine animal protein”

For more information see MAA 2016-14 and MAA 2014-10.

These products also need to comply with documentation requirements under the Non-Viable Seafood section above.

Non-viable bivalve molluscs

For export of non-viable bivalve molluscs, use an FX46 Certificate with endorsement 5116.

The FX46 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
Endorsement 5116

'The animal product(s) herein described, complies/y with the relevant UAE standards and requirements which have been recognised as equivalent to the Australian standards and requirements as prescribed in the UAE/DAWR Memorandum of Understanding.

7.3 Crocodiles

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile meat into the United Arab Emirates.

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

8.1 Technical products and pharmaceutical material

8.2 Rendered products

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into the United Arab Emirates. 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 the United Arab Emirates. 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 the United Arab Emirates. 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 5:49 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:10 PM