Market access achievements

​​​​Improving market access for Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry exports is vital for supporting a vibrant competitive agricultural industry. To do this, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works to remove technical requirements imposed by other countries such as labelling, pest and disease process requirements and residue limits that are inconsistent with Australia’s production systems and, in many cases, with international standards and rights and obligations under international trade rules.

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Key market access achievements since July 2013 are listed below:

Achieved onType of achievementCommodityCountryDescription
October  2016New AccessSheep and goat embryosMexicoNew market access for export for sheep and goat embryos to Mexico
September 2016New AccessProcessed pork products derived from imported porkSolomon IslandsNew access for processed pork products derived from imported pork
September 2016Improved accessMeatIndonesiaImproved access. Removal of restrictions on meat imports, including expanding the list of edible cuts to secondary cuts of beef and edible offal including liver, heart, feet and lungs.
September 2016Improved accessBeef (vacuum packed)UAEImproved access. Shelf life extended from 70 to 120 days.
August 2016Improved accessCattle semenArgentinaImproved market access for  export of Australian cattle semen to Argentina
August 2016Improved accessKangaroo paw nursery stockColombiaMarket access was improved for kangaroo paw nursery stock
July 2016New AccessHoney bees-Live queensFijiNew market access for export of Australian live queen bees
July 2016New AccessPigeonsZimbabweNew market access for export of pigeons to Zimbabwe
July 2016Maintained accessDairyTaiwanMarket access maintenance. Successful review of dairy export system.
July 2016Maintained accessWheat FlourIndiaMarket access was maintained for wheat flour to India through provision of technical information in support of existing market access
June 2016Improved accessMango and LycheeUSAThe USA approved these alternative transport routes and alternative packaging on 16 June 2016. The improved conditions will provide flexibility for industry and access to new ports of entry and export to the USA
June 2016Improved accessFrozen and processed porkSingaporeImproved access. Removal of age and sex related prohibitions on frozen and processed pork products.
May 2016New accessNectarinesChinaMarket access was gained for nectarines to China as part of the Four and Four agreement with China
May 2016New access​Melon (cucumus melo) & WatermelonsJapanMarket access was gained for melons (previously prohibited) and for watermelons to Japan
May 2016New AccessHides and skinsLebanonNew access for drumsalted sheepskin.
May 2016Improved accessPumpkinsJapanMarket access was improved from Tasmania, now expanded to whole of Australia for pumpkins
May 2016New accessEgg productsJapanNew access for egg products
May 2016New AccessProcessed pork products derived from imported porkVanuatuNew access for processed pork products derived from imported pork.
April 2016Improved accessBlood Oranges and other sweet orange varietiesKoreaAmendment to existing protocol from only Washington Navel and Valencia to all varieties of sweet oranges
April 2016New AccessHoney and other apiculture productsFrench PolynesiaNew access for honey and other apiculture products
March 2016Maintained accessLive CattleEgyptAgreed changes to cattle health certificate for Bluetongue Virus to maintain access to Egypt
March 2016New accessLive PigeonsUnited Arab EmiratesLive pigeons export health conditions agreed with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
February 2016New accessDay-old chickensIndonesiaMarket access has been gained for day-old chickens to Indonesia
February 2016Improved accessWalnutsJapanFirst consignment of shelled walnuts was sent direct to Japan
February 2016 New AccessGastropods (Abalone)French PolynesiaNew access for gastropods (abalone).
January 2016New accessHatching eggs and day-old chicksThailandMarket access has been restored for hatching eggs and day-old chicks to Thailand after negotiating new health conditions
January 2016New accessEggs and egg productsTaiwanFirst exports of eggs to Taiwan were sent since market access was gained in September 2015
January 2016Improved accessBovine semenNew CaledoniaMarket access has been improved for bovine semen to New Caledonia
January 2016New accessGoat meatIndiaFirst exports of goat meat to India since market access was gained in September 2012
January 2016New accessLive marine coralUnited Arab EmiratesMarket access was gained for live marine coral for to the United Arab Emirates
January 2016Improved accessFree Trade AgreementKoreaMarket access to Korea was further improved following the third tariff cut under the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement on 1 January 2016
January 2016 New accessRendered products Hungary New access for rendered animal fat
January 2016        New AccessHatching eggs and day-old chicksThailandMarket access has been restored for hatching eggs and day-old chicks to Thailand after negotiating new health conditions
December 2015Improved accessFree Trade AgreementChinaMarket access for agricultural commodities was improved following the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entering into force on 20 December 2015
December 2015Improved accessRed meatChinaMarket access was improved for red meat to China after China listed three new meat establishments
November 2015New accessBovine semen and embryosIndiaMarket access gained for bovine semen and embryos to India
November 2015Improved accessTable grapes, citrus, cherries, persimmonsThailandMarket access was improved for table grapes, citrus, cherry, persimmons to Thailand
October 2015Improved accessTranspacific Partnership AgreementMultipleMarket access was improved after Australia concluded a trade agreement with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations, the biggest ever. For agriculture, the Transpacific Partnership will eliminate tariffs on more than $4.3 billion of Australia’s dutiable exports
October 2015New accessOnion seed for sowingMexicoMarket access was gained for onion seed for sowing to Mexico
September 2015Maintained accessSeed for sowing (various commodities)VietnamMarket access was improved for seed for sowing (various commodities) to Vietnam
September 2015Maintained accessGrains for consumption (various commodities)VietnamMarket access was maintained for 22 grains for consumption to Vietnam through provision of technical information in support of existing market access
September 2015Maintained accessPlant based stockfeed (various commodities)VietnamMarket access was maintained for 11 plant based stockfeed to Vietnam through provision of technical information in support of existing market access
September 2015Maintained accessNuts for consumption (various commodities)VietnamMarket access was maintained for 3 nuts for consumption to Vietnam through provision of technical information in support of existing market access
September 2015New accessBlueberriesIndiaMarket access was gained for blueberries to India
September 2015New accessEggs and egg productsTaiwanMarket access was gained for eggs and egg products to Taiwan. The first exports were sent in January 2016
September 2015New accessOffalMoroccoMarket access was gained for offal to Morocco
August 2015Restored accessLentilsSaudi ArabiaFirst exports of lentils for consumption to Saudi Arabia since Saudi Arabia lifted a ban in July 2011 which was put in place in 1992
August 2015New accessGenetic materialColombiaMarket access was gained for sheep and goat semen and embryos to Colombia after successful negotiation of a new health protocol
August 2015New accessLive redclaw eggs for breeding purposesChinaMarket access was gained for live redclaw eggs to China for breeding purposes
July 2015Improved accessFeeder and slaughter cattleChinaMarket access was improved for feeder and slaughter cattle to China after an import health protocol replaced an old protocol negotiated in 1998 under which no animals have been shipped
July 2015Improved accessLive camelids for breeding purposesChinaMarket access was improved for live camelids for breeding purposes to China after a health protocol replaced a protocol negotiated in 2001
July 2015Restored accessCitrusVietnamMarket access was restored for fresh orange and mandarin fruit to Vietnam following import suspension for all Australian fresh fruit from 1 January 2015
July 2015Restored accessTable grapesVietnamMarket access was restored for fresh table grapes to Vietnam following import suspension for all Australian fresh fruit
July 2015New accessGenetic materialMexicoMarket access was gained for bovine semen to Mexico after successful negotiation of a new health protocol
July 2015Improved accessGenetic materialChileMarket access was improved for bovine semen to Chile after successful negotiation of a new health protocol
July 2015Improved accessMeat productsUnited StatesMarket access was improved for meat products to the United States following system improvements which introduced barcoding technology. The new technology allows exporters to use barcodes on meat cartons, reducing cost to industry
June 2015Restored accessAnimal feed (pet food and rendered meals) containing poultry)IndonesiaMarket access was restored for animal feed to Indonesia as avian influenza related import restrictions were lifted, allowing the resumption of exports of animal feed containing poultry
June 2015New accessBarramundi fingerlings (for aquaculture)Sri LankaMarket access was gained for barramundi fingerlings to Sri Lanka for aquaculture purposes. Two barramundi hatcheries in Victoria and South Australia can now export barramundi fingerlings to Sri Lanka for aquaculture purposes
June 2015New accessLive marron (for aquaculture)ThailandMarket access was gained for live marron from a farm in Western Australia to Thailand for aquaculture purposes
June 2015New accessFrozen venison meat and camel meatIraqMarket access was gained for frozen venison meat and camel meat to Iraq following agreement on conditions
May 2015Improved accessBivalve molluscs (notably mussels)JapanMarket access was improved for mussels to Japan as on-arrival testing was reduced from 100% to 5%, making the export of mussels viable again
May 2015New accessGenetic materialChileMarket access was gained for sheep and goat embryos (in vivo and in vitro) to Chile
April 2015Improved accessWheat and barleyChinaMarket access was improved for wheat and barley to China following a new exports protocol. This will help maintain the $1.5 billion trade
April 2015Maintained accessTallowTaiwanMarket access maintenance. Audit of Australia’s tallow production system supported ongoing market access.
April 2015Maintained accessMeat commoditiesMexicoMarket access was maintained for meat commodities to Mexico after negotiating permission to use digital rather than handwritten signatures on certificates
April 2015Maintained accessMeat commoditiesMyanmarMarket access was maintained for meat, meat products and edible offal after negotiation of new conditions and certificates following a change to Myanmar's import conditions
April 2015Maintained accessMeat commoditiesEUMarket access was maintained for minced meat, meat products, meat preparations, casings and wild boar following an audit by the EU
April 2015New accessBreeder deerMalaysiaMarket access was gained for breeder deer to Malaysia. Previously ad hoc permits have been granted but a new agreement on import health protocols and certificates provides certainty on import conditions
April 2015New accessBreeder sheep and goatsPhilippinesMarket access was gained for breeder sheep and goats to the Philippines after approval of health protocols and certificates
5 March 2015New accessHatching eggs and day-old chickensMyanmarNew market access for hatching chicks and day old chickens after negotiation of health conditions
March 2015Restored accessPet foodKoreaMarket access was restored for pet food containing poultry ingredients to the Republic of Korea following negotiation of revised export certification
March 2015Restored accessPoultryKoreaMarket access was restored for poultry meat to the Republic of Korea following agreement to lift a suspension on poultry products from Australia
March 2015New accessKangaroo meatPeruFirst exports of kangaroo meat to Peru since market access was gained in August 2013
February 2015Maintained accessMeatNew CaledoniaMarket access was maintained for meat commodities to New Caledonia after negotiating operational and certification requirements to meet import conditions
February 2015Improved accessRed meatVanuatuImproved access. Access for meat from Tier 1 establishments.
January 2015New accessMurray cod fingerlingsChinaMarket access was gained for Murray cod fingerlings to China following agreement on health protocols and certificates
January 2015New accessLychees and mangoesUnited StatesMarket access was gained for lychees and mangoes to the United States. Lychees and mangoes were agricultural priority market requests, negotiated under Australia-US Free Trade Agreement
January 2015Improved accessFree Trade AgreementJapanMarket access was improved for Japan following the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) entering into force on 15 January 2015
January 2015Maintained accessRed meat and dairyChinaMarket access maintenance. Audit of red meat and dairy establishments resulted in the listing of 3 meat and 2 infant formula establishments.
January 2015Maintained accessWheatIndonesiaMarket access was maintained for wheat for consumption to Indonesia through provision of a PRA on Tilletia species associated with wheat grain
January 2015Restored accessPoultryTaiwanMarket access was restored for poultry products originating from or processed in New South Wales to Taiwan, following Taiwan's recognition of NSW freedom from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)
January 2015Improved accessCherriesKoreaMarket access was improved for cherries to Korea following a reduction in inspection rates
January 2015New accessFertile Quail EggsUnited Arab EmiratesMarket access was gained for fertile quail eggs to the UAE after successful negotiation of a new health protocol
December 2014New accessDay old chicks and hatching eggsIraqMarket access was gained for day old chicks and hatching eggs to Iraq after approval of health certificates
December 2014New accessBarramundi fingerlingsIndonesiaMarket access was gained for barramundi fingerlings to Indonesia after agreement on health certificates and protocols
December 2014Improved accessFree Trade AgreementKoreaMarket access to Korea was improved following the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement entering into force
November 2014New accessLive animalsLebanonMarket access was gained for feeder and slaughter cattle, goats and sheep to Lebanon following the approval of health certificates and protocols
November 2014New accessLive cattleThailandMarket access was gained for feeder and slaughter cattle to Thailand following approval of health certificates and audit of Australian export systems
October 2014Restored accessHides and skinsBrazilMarket access was restored for hides and skins to Brazil. Market access was suspended in May 2014 due to altered Brazilian enforcement of import requirements
September 2014New accessPet foodIndiaMarket access was gained for pet food to India
September 2014New accessAlpacasKoreaMarket access was gained for live alpacas to Korea following agreement on health certification requirements
August 2014New accessCattle and sheepCambodiaMarket access was gained for live cattle to Cambodia following agreement on health certification requirements
August 2014New accessRed claw crayfishUnited KingdomMarket access was gained for redclaw crayfish to the United Kingdom following agreement on a health protocol and certificate
August 2014Improved accessGenetic materialUnited StatesMarket access was improved for genetic material to the United States after a new agreement removed the need for bovine tuberculosis testing and bluetongue testing for embryos
August 2014New accessLive oyster spatKoreaMarket access was achieved for live oyster (Crassostrea gigas) spat for breeding purposes from Tasmania to Korea
August 2014Restored accessOffalVietnamMarket access was restored for white offal to Vietnam after agreement to revised health certification
July 2014New accessLive breeder cattle, sheep and goatsEgyptMarket access was gained for live breeder cattle, sheep and goats to Egypt following an agreement on health certification requirements
June 2014Restored accessAnimal feedJapanMarket access was restored for animal-based stockfeeds and stockfeed ingredients to Japan after export conditions were agreed upon
June 2014New accessLive rotifersPapua New GuineaMarket access was gained for live rotifers to Papua New Guinea for research/aquaculture purposes
May 2014Restored accessFeeder and slaughter cattle, goats and embryosIranMarket access was restored for feeder and slaughter cattle, goats and embryos to Iran following agreement on health certification requirements
May 2014New accessLive camelsKoreaMarket access was gained for live camels for breeding to Korea after agreeing to health certification requirements
May 2014New accessBeefJapanMarket access was gained for T-bone steak (sourced from animals less than thirty months old) to Japan
April 2014New accessBarramundi fingerlingsVietnamMarket access was gained for barramundi fingerlings to Vietnam for aquaculture purposes
April 2014New accessMaize GrainMexicoFirst exports of maize grain to Mexico was sent in April 2014 since market access was gained in October 2014
March 2014Restored accessLive animalsEgyptMarket access was restored for live cattle and sheep exports to Egypt
March 2014Maintained accessGenetic materialChinaMarket access was maintained for bovine embryos to China following agreement to a revised protocol
March 2014Maintained accessTable grapesChinaMarket access was maintained for table grapes to China after signing a revised health protocol
March 2014New accessEucalyptus seedParaguayMarket access was gained for Eucalyptus seed (Eucalyptus benthamii, E. longirostrata) to Paraguay
February 2014Restored accessLive sheepBahrainMarket access was restored for sheep to Bahrain following agreement to a new health protocol
February 2014Improved accessLive animalsMultipleMarket access was improved through the removal of the requirement for Memorandums of Understanding to be negotiated with new livestock importing countries
February 2014New accessSandalwoodIndiaMarket access was gained for sandalwood (wood and nuts) to India
February 2014New accessLupinsIndiaMarket access was gained for split lupins to India
February 2014New accessMahogany logsIndiaMarket access was gained for African mahogany logs to India
February 2014New accessTable grapesJapanMarket access was gained for table grapes to Japan following the finalisation of import requirements. Japan accepted Australia’s cold treatment regime
January 2014New accessCherriesChinaMarket access was gained for cherries to China following an audit by Chinese officials of newly-registered Tasmanian cherry growers and pack houses
January 2014Restored accessSummerfruitThailandMarket access was restored for summerfruit to Thailand following the release of new import conditions
January 2014New accessForage legume seed for sowingChileMarket access was gained for forage legume seed (Bituminaria bituminoa, Cullen australasicum, Dorycnium hirsutum, Hedysarum coronarium) to Chile
January 2014Improved accessWheatIranMarket access was improved for wheat for consumption to Iran through provision of technical information leading to the revision of import requirements
January 2014Improved accessGenetic materialChileMarket access was improved for sheep and goat semen to Chile after the negotiation of new import conditions and recognition that Australia is free of a number of diseases
January 2014Restored accessCherriesThailandMarket access for cherries to Thailand was restored under a protocol gazetted by Thailand
January 2014Improved accessMeatCanadaMarket access for meat to Canada as the department implemented eCertification (paperless trading), streamlining the certification process and saving time for exporters
December 2013New accessHides and skinsSouth AfricaMarket access was gained for salted and pickled hides and skins of cattle, sheep and deer to South Africa
December 2013New accessLive buffaloVietnamMarket access was gained for live buffalo to Vietnam following sign-off of import conditions
December 2013New accessTable grapesKoreaMarket access was gained for table grapes to Korea following finalisation of import requirements
December 2013New accessMurray cod fingerlingsTaiwanMarket access was gained for live Murray cod fingerlings to Taiwan
October 2013Restored accessRendered productsKoreaMarket access was restored for tallow based products to Korea after Korea's acceptance of revised export health certification
September 2013New accessSpiny lobstersMalaysiaMarket access was gained for spiny lobsters (Panulirus ornatus) to Malaysia for research purposes
September 2013New accessSoybeansIndonesiaMarket access was improved for soybeans through the removal of a 5 per cent tariff
August 2013Improved accessHorticultural productsIndonesiaMarket was improved for horticultural products to Indonesia following the removal of the Indonesian quota system in favour of a parity pricing system
August 2013New accessKangaroo meatPeruMarket access for kangaroo meat to Peru was achieved after Peru accepted Australia's proposed health certificate. First commercial shipment left in February 2015
August 2013Restored accessFresh and chilled hides and skinsTurkeyMarket access was restored for fresh and chilled hides and skins to Turkey following an agreement on export certification. Trade ceased in 2011
July 2013New accessMacadamia nutsEcuadorMarket access was gained to Ecuador for Macadamia nuts-in-shell for consumption
July 2013New accessTable grapes, summerfruit, cherries, citrus and pome fruitPhilippinesMarket access was improved for table grapes, summerfruit, cherries, citrus and pome fruit to the Philippines following the signing of the revised protocol for the export of fruit fly host fruit in July 2013​
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