Manual of Importing
Country Requirements

Requirements set by Australia's agricultural export trading partners

This website sets out the known requirements that exporters and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department) must meet for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries.

Exporters must meet requirements for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries.

Exporters must also comply with the Export Control Act and associated Orders when exporting commodities from Australia.

Micor is updated when there is a change to an importing country's requirements.

Certification Alert – Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (updated 1 October 2020)

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7N7) and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N2) have been confirmed on farms in Victoria in July and August 2020. As a result, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) is unable to issue export certification for some poultry and ratite meat, meat products, rendered meals, pet food, eggs and egg products where the certification contains freedom from avian influenza declarations. In addition, some trading partners have imposed temporary suspensions on the import of these products from Victoria or all of Australia.

The Department is issuing regular Market Access Advices (MAAs) to advise exporters of relevant trade developments and the status of export certification. Exporters are advised to refer to the latest MAA (MAA2073, issued on 1 October 2020) for the most up-to-date information.

Exporters are also advised to confirm with their importer or the importing country's relevant authority that they meet the importing country requirements.

For all enquiries or to obtain a copy of the latest Market Access Advice, please email

Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.

COVID-19 Exporter update

Country adoption of additional requirements for exported food and agricultural products

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Department) is aware that trading partners may require additional assurances for food and agricultural products as a result of the rapid and global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department understands that these temporary requirements may include requests for additional certification, or statements/ attestations to provide assurance that products are not contaminated and are safe for human consumption.

Given the above, the Department will not provide additional certification or tailored statements for individual product exports in reference to this virus. However, if concerns are raised by trading partners and additional documentation is required, the Department has provided a generic letter which can be used by exporters.

The Department is proactively monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. The department would like to note that COVID-19 information provided on Micor is temporary and should only be used if required. The decision to supply the information to an importer/importing country is a commercial decision.

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Includes fresh meat, processed meat, and animal by-products such as skins, hides, petfood, rendered products and technical products

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Includes milk, milk powder products, butter, cream, cheese and other processed dairy products

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Includes fruit, vegetables, nursery stock, cut flowers and foliage, seeds, grains, stockfeed and timber

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Includes finfish, other seafood such as bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods, tunicates and crocodile meat

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Live animals

Includes livestock, companion animals, horses, zoo animals, birds, hatching eggs, fish, bees and other invertebrates, and reproductive material

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Includes shell eggs and egg products

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Non-prescribed goods

Includes honey and bee by-products, and processed foods