Industry advice notice (added 6 November 2020)
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.
Certification alert (updated 19 November 2020)
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7N7) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N2) have been confirmed on farms in Victoria in July and August 2020. As a result, the Department is unable to issue export certification for some poultry and ratite meat, meat products, rendered meals, pet food, eggs and egg products where the certification contains freedom from avian influenza declarations. In addition, some trading partners have imposed temporary suspensions on the import of these products from Victoria or all of Australia.
The Department is issuing regular Market Access Advices (MAAs) to advise exporters of relevant trade developments and the status of export certification. Exporters are advised to refer to the latest MAA (MAA2084, issued on 9 November 2020) for the most up-to-date information.
Exporters are also advised to confirm with their importer or the importing country's relevant authority that they meet the importing country requirements.
For all enquiries or to obtain a copy of the latest Market Access Advice, please email
Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.
Micor (Dairy) sets out the known certification and importing country requirements that must be met in order to gain market access for milk and milk products (including colostrum). This includes products that are intended for human consumption, products that require further manufacturing before they are fit for human consumption, and products that are not intended for human consumption, such as animal feed, and technical products.
Establishments that produce milk and milk products intended for human consumption that require official certification that refers to Australia's export legislation must be export-registered, and must conform to the Approved Arrangement requirements of the
Export Control (Milk and Milk Product) Orders 2005 (this includes both the manufacturer and storage facilities).
Micor (Eggs, Honey and Processed Foods) sets out the requirements for processed foods with dairy minor ingredients where they are known. In many cases, a manual declaration and generic certificate of condition (EX188B) is available which may meet importing country requirements. Processed foods with minor dairy ingredients that have been processed in export-registered dairy establishments may be able to be exported on an electronic version of this declaration and certificate of condition (ZD001). If exporters choose to use a declaration and certificate of condition for these products, they must check the suitability of this document with their importer.