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Notice – China trade (updated 19 July 2022)

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. 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.

While the Department continues to facilitate market access and seeks to ensure importing country requirements are up to date and accurate, we encourage exporters to fully consider their own risk and potential losses.

New Chinese requirements for imported food and overseas food establishments

China has implemented a web-based system which must be used to register all Australian food manufacturing, processing and cold storage establishments intending to export food products to China. Exporters who do not manufacture, process or maintain cold storage facilities are not required to register through the Chinese system, however they must source products from China registered establishments.

The system was implemented by China on 1 January 2022 and establishments with trade history with China have until 30 June 2023 to Update their details in the China System.

For more information on these requirements, and how they may affect your business, refer to the Department's webpage about China’s new requirements for imported food products. This page includes frequently asked questions as well as recordings of two Department-led webinars on China's new requirements.

Alternatively, information relevant to China's new requirements can be accessed via the following Market Access Advices (MAA) and Industry Advice Notices (IAN):

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Certification alert – Avian Influenza (updated 19 April 2021)

On 26 February 2021 Australia regained its previous animal health status for avian influenza following outbreaks in Victoria. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) is currently reviewing affected health certification for avian and ratite products (including meat, meat products, by-products, eggs in shell and processed eggs/ egg products) and assessing whether certification can be reinstated. The Department is actively approaching overseas government authorities to request the removal of trade restrictions imposed due to the outbreak.

The Department will issue regular Market Access Advices (MAAs) to inform stakeholders of trade updates and the status of export certification.

For current certification and country specific trade information, exporters are advised to refer to the following MAAs (Further MAAs will be published as information is received):

  • MAA2117 (PDF 360 KB) – Avian influenza: Updates for trade to Kuwait, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, the United States of America, Vanuatu and Vietnam (issued on 31 March 2021)
  • MAA2120 (PDF 340 KB) – Avian influenza: Updates for trade to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa (issued on 16 April 2021)

For the latest information on other markets and commodities that continue to be affected by trade restrictions due to avian influenza, we refer you to the relevant appended tables of the latest MAA2120.

For all enquiries, or to obtain a copy of a Market Access Advice, email

Considerations to be noted by exporters

Product eligibility

Exporters are advised that sourcing avian meat and avian products (including by-products) for export must meet importing country requirements relating to hatching and/or processing dates. This may include restrictions on exporting avian meat or avian products (including by-products) which were processed prior to Australia regaining its previous animal health status for avian influenza, or other specified requirements. Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.

Exporter declarations

Exporters need to ensure that the appropriate exporter declaration (as advised in the above mentioned MAAs) continues to be applied when raising health certification for avian meat and avian products. Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.

Normalisation of trade

Exporters should be aware that trade may not have recommenced immediately for all markets, and depending on specific certification and importing country requirements, extended delays may occur for some markets. Exporters are advised to continue working closely with their importers to ensure their product meets current importing requirements to manage potential commercial risk.

Micor (Live animals) sets out the known importing country requirements that must be met to export live animals and reproductive material from Australia.

Exporters must also comply with Australian export legislation.

More information about export requirements for livestock, companion animals and reproductive material is available.

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


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The Department

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

Market Access Notices new

Market Access Notices (MAN) for live animal exports are available via the following link: Market Access Notices.

See also live animal Export Advice Notices (EANs).

You can subscribe to receive MANs and EANs by email.


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

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.