2018-03 - Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Change to certification for food

​​Date of issue: 22 March 2018 (Amended 28 March 2018)

Date of effect: 27 March 2018

Reference Number: MAA2018-03

Attention:

Industries:

    • Processed food
    • Dairy
    • Eggs
    • Honey
    • Seafood

Industry bodies - AECL, AFGC, AHBIC, DA, SECC, STAG
Export establishments approved to export to Saudi Arabia and Qatar
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices

Purpose

To notify exporters of a change in certificate templates and attestations used for food exported to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Change to export certificates to Saudi Arabia—effective 27 March 2018

From 27 March 2018, the following certificate templates must be issued for food exported to Saudi Arabia:

  • Health Certificate for the Export of Milk and Milk Products for Human Consumption (ZDSA1​)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Table Eggs and Egg Products (EX46SA)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Aquatic Animal Origin (Fish and Fish Products, including Molluscs, Crustaceans and Echinoderms) (FX46SA)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods (AFSA1) – manual certificate
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Honey and Bee Products (HSA1) – manual certificate

For dairy, eggs and fish exports the Expiry Date must be entered into the department’s electronic documentation system, currently expressed as the ‘Durability Date’.

The Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods (AFSA1) is to be used for processed foods when requested by Saudi authorities. This is in place of the EX188B.

Change to export certificates to Qatar—effective 27 March 2018

From 27 March 2018, the listed certificate templates will be issued through the department’s electronic documentation system (EXDOC) for food exported to Qatar:

  • Health Certificate for the Export of Milk and Milk Products for Human Consumption (ZDQT1)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Table Eggs and Egg Products (EX46QT)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Aquatic Animal Origin (Fish and Fish Products, including Molluscs, Crustaceans and Echinoderms) (FX46QT)
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods (AFQT1) – manual certificate
  • Health Certificate for the Export of Honey and Bee Products (HQT1) – manual certificate

The Health Certificate for the Export of Assorted Foods (AFQT1) is to be used for processed foods when requested by Qatari authorities. This is in place of the EX188B.              

The Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) will be updated to reflect the changes.


The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Further information

Contact Exports if you have any queries.