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Industry advice notice (added 6 November 2020)

China trade

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 (Live Animals) sets out the known importing country requirements that Australian exporters must comply with to export live animals and reproductive material.

Users do not need a login to see importing country requirements for non-livestock species, including dogs, cats and other companion animals, and reproductive material.

If you wish to see importing country requirements for cattle, sheep, goats, deer, buffalo and camelids users must apply for a login in the grey box at the right of the screen. Applications received are then reviewed by the department to determine whether access will be granted.

Micor is regularly updated; however, importing countries may change their requirements without notice and may not inform the Department. For this reason, it is important that exporters check requirements directly with the relevant government authority of the importing country.

Exporters must also comply with Australian export legislation, More information about export requirements for live animals and reproductive material is available at the Support link at the top right of this page.

References to 'the Department' in entries mean the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. References to 'a Departmental officer', unless specified otherwise, mean an officer of the Department with responsibility under Australian export legislation.