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Notice – China trade (updated 19 November 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, MAA2021-15 and MAA2021-18 – 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

Certification alert – Avian Influenza (updated 12 August 2021)

In February this year, Australia regained its previous animal health status for avian influenza. The Department is currently reviewing affected health certification for avian and ratite 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.

Exporters should be aware of these considerations.

For current information, refer to the following commodity-specific alerts:

Export legislation regulates the export of animal, plant and food goods. Certain goods are not prescribed under the legislation, this means there are no requirements under the export legislation that must be met in order to export. These are known as non-prescribed goods and can be exported without the involvement of the Department.

Non-prescribed goods may still need the assistance of the Department to meet importing country requirements. In these circumstances, the Department has the power to issue a certificate to demonstrate compliance with importing country requirements under the Export Control Act 2020 (the Act).

Micor (non-prescribed goods) includes advice on known importing country requirements for certain non-prescribed goods such as honey and other apiculture products, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and highly processed foods, such as biscuits and confectionery that can be certified under the Act.

Importing country requirements for some non-prescribed goods that contain meat, fish, dairy or egg products and animal by-products are instead covered in the relevant prescribed meat, dairy, fish or egg modules in Micor. See Table 1 for the location of information on specified goods that are not covered in Micor (non-prescribed goods).

Table 1. Location of information on meat-, fish-, dairy- and egg-based non-prescribed goods
​CommodityStatusMicor
Edible meat products
  • Tallow
  • Gelatine
  • Regenerated collagen products
  • Soup, soup powder, soup concentrate and meat extracts
  • Meat products containing less than 5% by mass of meat
Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021  Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 1 prescribes meat and meat products intended for human food. The products in Column 1 are removed from prescription under section 2 1(3). However, section 2-1(2) extends the application of the Rules to all meat and meat products where requirements of the Act must be complied with in order to meet importing country requirements.Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Meat.
  • Meat-based raw and processed pet food
  • Meat-based technical products and pharmaceutical materials
Meat and meat products intended for animal food or for pharmaceutical use are non-prescribed according to section 2-1(4) in the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021.
Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Meat.
  • Wool, skins, hides and trophies
Wool, skins, hides and trophies are non-prescribed goods as they are not included in the commodity Rules. However, Section 2-1(2) in the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021 extends the application of the Rules to skins, hides and trophies where requirements of the Act must be complied with in order to meet importing country requirements when exporting these commodities as food.
​Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Meat.
  • Fish technical products and pharmaceutical material
  • Rendered fish products
  • Crocodile skins and hides
  • Shells
The Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021 section 2-1 prescribes edible fish and shellfish. These fish products in Column 1 are non-prescribed from Section 2-2. However, Section 2-1(2) extends the application of the Rules to all fish and fish products where requirements of the Act must be complied with in order to meet importing country requirements.
Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Fish.
  • Dairy technical products and pharmaceutical material
  • Dairy-based animal food
  • Manufacturing Grade milk and milk products (DM)
  • Dairy by definition (DBD)
  • Milk and milk products from non-bovine species
Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 Section 2-1(1) and (2) prescribes edible milk and milk products . These dairy products in Column 1 are non-prescribed according to Section 2-1 (3). However, Section 2-1(2) extends the application of the Rules to all milk and milk products where requirements of the Act must be complied with in order to meet importing country requirements.
Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Dairy.
  • Eggs and egg products from species other than Gallus gallus
  • eggs or egg products that are animal food or pharmaceutical material
  • egg products in the form of a tablet or capsule
  • eggs or egg products for export to New Zealand

Export Control (Egg and Egg Products) Rules 2021 Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 1 prescribes egg and egg products intended for human food. The products in Column 1 are removed from prescription under section 2 1(3). However, section 2-1(2) extends the application of the Rules to all egg and egg products where requirements of the Act must be complied with in order to meet importing country requirements.​Refer to relevant country and section of Micor Eggs.​

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


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