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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 2021–07, 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

*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 exportstandards@awe.gov.au

Micor (Fish) sets out the known importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met in order to gain market access for fish and fish products to specific countries.

Micor (Fish) also sets out importing country documentation and certification requirements.

Seafood export establishments must be export-registered, and must conform to the Approved Arrangement requirements of the Export Control (Fish and Fish Product) Rules 2021.

Exporters should seek other sources of information on commercial specifications for fish and fish products imported into a particular country.

For additional information on exporting fish and fish products and the requirement for export registration, visit the Department's website. Here you will find a step-by-step guide to exporting fish and fish products from Australia.

For additional information on Australian seafood trade and market access visit the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation website.

The Department encourages all exporters to contact officials of country of import, either through the importer or directly, to confirm that their product meets the current importing country requirements.

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

The Department

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is referred to as 'the Department' in Micor. In the same way references to 'a Departmental officer', unless specified otherwise, mean an officer of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment with responsibilities under Australian export legislation.

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