Manual of ImportingCountry Requirements
This website sets out the known requirements that exporters and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) must meet for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries.
Exporters must meet requirements for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries.
Exporters must also comply with the Export Control Act and associated Orders when exporting commodities from Australia.
The Department will continue to provide certification for goods that meet the requirements of the Export Control Act. Exporters/ export-registered establishments are advised that some recent 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, the Department 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.
On 26 February 2021 Australia regained its previous animal health status for avian influenza following outbreaks in Victoria. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) is currently reviewing affected health certification for avian and ratite products (including meat, meat products, by-products, eggs in shell and processed eggs/ egg 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.
The Department will issue regular Market Access Advices (MAAs) to inform stakeholders of trade updates and the status of export certification.
For current certification and country specific trade information, exporters are advised to refer to the following MAAs (Further MAAs will be published as information is received):
For the latest information on other markets and commodities that continue to be affected by trade restrictions due to avian influenza, we refer you to the relevant appended tables of the latest MAA2120.
For all enquiries, or to obtain a copy of a Market Access Advice, email
Exporters are advised that sourcing avian meat and avian products (including by-products) for export must meet importing country requirements relating to hatching and/or processing dates. This may include restrictions on exporting avian meat or avian products (including by-products) which were processed prior to Australia regaining its previous animal health status for avian influenza, or other specified requirements. Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.
Exporters need to ensure that the appropriate exporter declaration (as advised in the above mentioned MAAs) continues to be applied when raising health certification for avian meat and avian products. Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.
Exporters should be aware that trade may not have recommenced immediately for all markets, and depending on specific certification and importing country requirements, extended delays may occur for some markets. Exporters are advised to continue working closely with their importers to ensure their product meets current importing requirements to manage potential commercial risk.
Includes fresh meat, processed meat, and animal by-products such as skins, hides, petfood, rendered products and technical products
Includes milk, milk powder products, butter, cream, cheese and other processed dairy products
Includes fruit, vegetables, nursery stock, cut flowers and foliage, seeds, grains, stockfeed and timber
Includes finfish, other seafood such as bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods, tunicates and crocodile meat
Includes livestock, companion animals, horses, zoo animals, birds, hatching eggs, fish, bees and other invertebrates, and reproductive material
Includes shell eggs and egg products
Includes honey and bee by-products, and processed foods
Includes organics equivalence arrangements
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