NPG020318 - Animal hides, skins and wool exports to Japan

​Date of issue: 2 March 2018

Date of effect: 27 March 2018


  • Australian Hides Skins and Leather Exporters Association
  • Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors Inc.
  • Animal skins, hides and wool processors/packers
  • Exporters and freight agents

Overseas markets: Japan


To notify of new electronic certification (eCert) arrangements for exports of animal skins, hides and wool to Japan.


The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is the central competent authority for the export of prescribed and non-prescribed goods.

For non-prescribed goods, the department issues export certificates in accordance with overseas country requirements.

The Japanese government advised that from 27 March 2018 Australian animal skins, hides and wool will require eCert certificates instead of paper export certificates.


Exporters or agents not currently registered in EXDOC must register as an EXDOC exporter prior to 27 March 2018 to have their eCerts raised through the EXDOC system for skins hides and wool to Japan.

Exporters or agents will be able to print an ‘extract’ of the electronic certificate in order to satisfy commercial arrangements where necessary.

The department will not issue manual certificates to exporter of agents after 27 March 2018 for skins, hides and wool being shipped to Japan.

Further information

For information about EXDOC and an application form for new exporters (to register) visit Register as an EXDOC user.

For information about eCert visit EXDOC Developments.


Technical questions about eCert/EXDOC email eCert administrator

General questions about the export of non-prescribed goods email NPG Exports.

The information provided above 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.