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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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Micor Plants contains information regarding conditions to export plants and plant products, including fruit, vegetables, seeds, grains, cut flowers and timber from Australia. It is a simple and convenient reference tool detailing the requirements for import permits, phytosanitary certificates, additional declarations and/or treatments, and other relevant export information.

Exporters must meet both the requirements of the Export Control Act and its subordinate legislation and any importing country requirements in order for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) to provide export certification. The Australian Government is a signatory to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and strongly supports international cooperation in controlli​ng pests of plants and plant products through science-based quarantine measures that will prevent the unintended spread of pests to other countries through imported products.

Importing country requirements contained in Micor Plants are correct at the time of publishing. Exporters should independently obtain this information in writing from the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) before relying on it.

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



This section contains documents relevant to plant exports including protocols and work plans. Protocol documents are bilateral agreements between the Department and the importing country NPPO. Work plans are developed from the protocols however not all protocols have a work plan.

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