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NEXDOC for Dairy (added 5 May 2021)

Notice – China trade (updated 19 November 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 2021–07, MAA 2021-14, MAA2021-15 and MAA2021-18 – 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

*Requires login to Micor meat. Exporters and affiliated industries can apply for a login.

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 (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) Rules 2021 (this includes both the manufacturer and storage facilities).

Micor (Eggs, Non-prescribed goods) 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.

For information on how to export from Australia, visit Exporting from Australia.