Notice – China trade (updated 15 October 2021)
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. 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.
New Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments
China has new requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments that will take effect from 1 January 2022. These requirements affect all manufacturers and storage facilities exporting food to China.
For further information refer to:
Plants Export Industry Advice Notice:
IAN 2021–41 – Plant Export Operations – Updated requirements for food manufacturers exporting to China
Non-prescribed goods Market Access Advices:
MAA 2021-14 and
MAA2021-15 – China: Dairy, fish, honey and edible non-prescribed goods: Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments from 1 January 2022
Meat Market Access Advice
MAA2129* (PDF 270 KB) – China: Meat: New Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments from 1 January 2022
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The Department is seeking implementation guidance from China and is working on processes for implementation. Updated advice will be provided as soon as possible. For enquiries, email
Micor Plants contains information regarding conditions to export plants and plant products, including fruit, vegetables, seeds, grains, cut flowers and timber from Australia. It is a simple and convenient reference tool detailing the requirements for import permits, phytosanitary certificates, additional declarations and/or treatments, and other relevant export information.
Exporters must meet both the requirements of the Export Control Act and its subordinate legislation and any importing country requirements in order for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) to provide export certification. The Australian Government is a signatory to the
International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and strongly supports international cooperation in controlling pests of plants and plant products through science-based quarantine measures that will prevent the unintended spread of pests to other countries through imported products.
Importing country requirements contained in Micor Plants are correct at the time of publishing. Exporters should independently obtain this information in writing from the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) before relying on it.