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Notice – China trade (updated 22 December 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, we 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 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 12 August 2021)

The Department issues regular Market Access Advices (MAA) to inform of trade updates and the status of export certification.

Exporters are advised to refer to the following MAA (requires login):

  • MAA2135 (PDF 380 KB) – Updates for trade to the European Union and Republic of Korea – issued 30 July 2021
  • MAA2131 (PDF 330 KB) – Updates for trade to the Philippines, Nauru and Republic of Korea – issued 19 July 2021
  • MAA2120 (PDF 340 KB) – Updates for trade to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga
  • MAA2117 (PDF 360 KB) – Updates for trade to Kuwait, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, the United States of America, Vanuatu and Vietnam
  • MAA2113 (PDF 500 KB) – Market access issues – update #15
  • MAA2106 (PDF 520 KB) – Market access issues – update #14

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Exporters should be aware of these considerations.

Micor (meat) sets out importing country requirements that must be met to gain market access for edible and inedible meat, meat products and animal by-products. Relevant Australian standards are set out in ELMER 3.

Micor (meat) also sets out importing country documentation requirements.

Meat export establishments must be export-registered and comply with Australian standards and Australian monitoring programs such as the National Residue Survey (NRS) and  National Carcase Microbiology Monitoring Program (formerly known as ESAM) .

The Department encourages all exporters to contact officials from the country of import, either through the importer or directly, to confirm that their product meets the current importing country requirements. Exporters should seek other sources of information on commercial specifications for meat imported into a specific country.

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


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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.

Market Access Advices

See a list of Market Access Advices (MAA) ( (PDF 540 KB | DOCX 100 KB).