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Qatar

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General conditions

1. General conditions for edible non-prescribed goods

1.1. Prohibited

The Department is unaware of any prohibited edible non-prescribed goods for export to Qatar.

1.2. Conditions

Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which has published a Guide for control on imported foods (PDF 1.7 MB). This guide sets requirements for all edible products imported into Qatar.

2. General conditions for inedible non-prescribed goods

2.1 Prohibited

The Department is unaware of any prohibited inedible non-prescribed goods, including inedible apiculture products to Qatar.

2.2 Conditions

Compliance with relevant Australian domestic requirements. Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any certification requirements for inedible non-prescribed goods to Qatar.

Specific goods

Almond nuts

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit

The Department is not aware of any import permit requirement for importing almond nuts into Qatar. The Department recommends that exporters work with their importers to determine if an import permit is required.

1.2 Listing and audit
Listing and audit procedure
Required?
Audit
No
Listing — Department's Establishment Register (ER)
No
1.3 Prohibited products

The Department is not aware of any prohibited products related to almond nuts.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

For export of almond nuts to Qatar, the Health Certificate for Assorted Foods (AFQT1) with endorsement 5201 is required.

Additional endorsement 5201

The food products are safe and fit for human consumption. The food product(s) was handled at an establishment that has been subjected to inspections by the competent authority and/or officially recognised body and implements a food safety management system based on HACCP principles or an equivalent system.

Further information on export of almond nuts can be found on the Micor Plants page.

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

The Department is not aware of any supporting documents for sending almond nuts to Qatar.

3. Other requirements

The Department is not aware of any other requirements (for example, packaging, labelling) for almond nuts.

4. Exemptions granted by importing country

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Qatar. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the relevant Qatar government authority.

Edible apiculture products

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit

The Department is not aware of any import permit requirement for importing honey into Qatar. The Department recommends that exporters work with their importers to determine if an import permit is required.

1.2 Listing and audit
Listing and audit procedure
Required?
Audit
No
Listing — Department's Establishment Register (ER)
No
1.3 Prohibited products

The Department is not aware of any prohibited products related to honey.

2. Documentation requirements

To obtain certification, exporters must attach to the NEXDOC Request for Export (REX) documentation in support of one of the attestations (a), (b) or (c) in endorsement 5148, documentation requirements are as follows:

  1. (a) comes from apiaries situated in a country or zone free from Aethina tumida; the free zone is an area of at least 100km radius, which is not subject to any restrictions associated with the occurrence of the small hive beetle (A. tumida);

    A declaration from the state or territory government apiary officer.

  2. (b) has been strained through a filter with a pore size of between 0.2mm and 0.42mm to ensure the destruction of A. tumida; or

    A manufacturing declaration with supporting documents technical specification documents relating to filtering equipment, copy of production records and quality system.

  3. (c) has been frozen at a core temperature of minus 12 degrees Celcius or less for at least 24 hours.

    A manufacturing declaration with supporting documents such as copy of production records and quality system, and temperature graph records.
2.1 Government certification

Edible honey and apiculture products exported to Qatar must be accompanied by a HQT1 certificate (NEXDOC only) with endorsement 5148.

The following document provides instructions on how to complete certificate template number HQT1 (within the Next Export Documentation system (NEXDOC) Portal):

NEXDOC endorsement 5148

The product/s described above:

  1. (a) comes from an establishment(s) implementing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program.

  2. (b) have been handled, prepared, packaged and stored in a hygienic manner.

  3. (c) is/are fit for human consumption.

Honey and bee products shall comply with maximum residue limits for residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs for honey established by Codex Alimentarius Commission or, in the absence of a Codex MRL, conforms to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The honey either:

  1. (a) comes from apiaries situated in a country or zone free from Aethina tumida; the free zone is an area of at least 100km radius, which is not subject to any restrictions associated with the occurrence of the small hive beetle (A. tumida); or

  2. (b) has been strained through a filter with a pore size of between 0.2mm and 0.42mm to ensure the destruction of A. tumida; or

  3. (c) has been frozen at a core temperature of minus 12 degrees Celcius or less for at least 24 hours. The honey comes from apiaries which are supervised and controlled by the relevant government authority and all precautions have been taken to prevent contamination with A. tumida.

The honey comes from apiaries which are supervised and controlled by the relevant government authority and all precautions have been taken to prevent contamination with A. tumida.

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

The Department is not aware of any supporting documents for sending honey to Qatar.

3. Other requirements

The Department is not aware of any other requirements (for example, packaging, labelling) of honey.

4. Exemptions granted by Qatar

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Qatar. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the relevant Qatar government authority.

Processed Food

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit
1.2 Listing and audit
1.3 Prohibited products

The Department is not aware of any prohibited products related to processed foods.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

For export of processed foods to Qatar, the Health Certificate for Assorted Foods (AFQT1) with endorsement 5201 is required.

Additional endorsement 5201

The food products are safe and fit for human consumption. The food product(s) was handled at an establishment that has been subjected to inspections by the competent authority and/or officially recognised body and implements a food safety management system based on HACCP principles or an equivalent system.

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

The Department is not aware of any supporting documents for sending processed to Qatar.

3. Other requirements

The Department is not aware of any other requirements (for example, packaging, labelling) for processed foods.

4. Exemptions granted by Qatar

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Qatar. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the relevant Qatar government authority.

Latest updates

28/10/2022 - Updated information on NEXDOC Honey certificate (Section 2.1)
17/11/2021 - AFQT1 requirement for almond.
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Last updated: 28/10/2022 3:21 PMCreated: 17/08/2020 9:32 AM