22 December 2017
Who does this notice affect?
This notice applies to importers of uncooked and cooked pig meat products and associated industry participants and retailers.
What has changed?
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has expanded market access for uncooked and cooked pig meat products from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This expansion will allow for importation of uncooked pig meat (for further processing on arrival) from Northern Ireland and cooked pig meat products from Great Britain.
These expanded market access opportunities are in addition to existing market access for uncooked pig meat (for further processing on arrival) from Great Britain and retorted pig meat products from both Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Importation of pig meat into Australia is only permitted when strict import conditions, including the requirement for an import permit, and certification requirements have been met. Food safety requirements also apply.
Trade can commence once health certification is agreed. Certification for cooked pig meat from Great Britain has been agreed.
How to apply for an import permit
As the department is currently working on the relevant system changes, it is not yet possible to find an application form for these products in BICON. We expect that the new pathway will be live in BICON in early January 2018.
In the meantime, if you would like to apply for an import permit for cooked pig meat products from Great Britain, please contact the department using the contact details below.
If you require further information please call 1800 900 090 or email Imports.
Biosecurity import conditions are available on the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions database (BICON).