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Poultry day old chicks


Sarawak (MY)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

The requirements for importing live animals into the Malaysian state of Sarawak may be different to those for Malaysia more generally, with locally imposed arrangements in place. You should consult the separate Micor entry for Malaysia if necessary.

An import permit and health certificate are required.

Contact the Sarawak Department of Veterinary Services for information about the process required to import animals into Sarawak from Australia.


Refer to these and the Department’s websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions).

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

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the department you should check the import permit and/or the country website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

The following conditions were sourced from a permit issued in 2011:

3. Veterinary Certificate

Every consignment of the day old chicks imported into Sarawak shall be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued by a competent veterinary officer of the government veterinary authority of the exporting country.

  1. 3.1 the birds came from farm(s) which is Certified under regular health inspection by a veterinarian with relevant avian experience.
  2. 3.2 The farm is under intensified Government surveillance programme on Avian Influenza and has been tested and found to be free from Avian Influenza.
  3. 3.3 The birds have been inspected and found to be free from any clinical sign of infectious or contagious diseases of birds within 48 hours of export by a Government Veterinarian.
  4. 3.4 There have been no clinical or pathological evidence of the following diseases on the premises or farm(s) of origin within the preceding 6 months prior to export:
    Velogenic Newcastle diseasePathogenic avian influenza
    Fowl choleraFowl pox
    Fowl typhoidPullorum disease
    Marek's diseaseInfectious coryza
    Infectious laryngotracheitisInfectious bronchitis
    Infectious bursal diseaseAvian encephalomyelitis
    Avian viral arthritisAvian mycoplasmosis
    Avian tuberculosisSalmonellosis
    Vibrionic hepatitisTransmissible enteritis
    Inclusion body hepatitis (blue comb) 
  5. 3.5 All the birds destined for export to Sarawak were hatched from eggs from breeder flocks free from Pullorum disease. The farm should have certification that it has pullorum screen programme and is free from pullorum disease.
  6. 3.6 No clinical evidence of velogenic Newcastle disease, pathogenic avian influenza, fowl cholera, Marek's disease, avian leukosis and salmonellosis have been detected in the breeder flock(s) of during the preceding 6 months prior to export.
  7. 3.7 That all the layer and breeder chicks were vaccinated against Marek's Disease.

Special conditions

Permission to move birds out of Australia

You may need permission under wildlife trade laws to move birds out of Australia. Refer to the Department’s International wildlife trade requirements. There is specific guidance for non-commercial wildlife trade for public exhibition, scientific research, conservation breeding and personal use.


Other requirements

Transport requirements

4.1 Every consignment of day-old chicks imported into Sarawak shall be transported by aircraft direct from the airport of embarkation the country of export to the prescribed landing point or airport of disembarkation in Kuching International Airport, Sarawak. Transit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is permitted; however transit time should not be more than 24 hours.

4.2 Containers used to transport birds should meet International Air Traffic Associated regulations.

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

4.3 The birds will be required to undergo quarantine at premises approved by the State veterinary Authority for minimum period of 14 days.

4.4 During quarantine, the birds will subject to monitoring and testing by SVA or his representative as when required before release.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on a permit issued in 2011 and importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 3 December 2021.

Latest updates

23/01/2023 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 1/04/2023 3:29 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:34 PM