You can prepare livestock for export if you are a licenced exporter and have an approved arrangement (AA) and approved export program (AEP) in place. You can also prepare livestock for export if you have a small and infrequent (S&I) exemption to these requirements.
You must export in line with your approvals and follow requirements outlined in our regulatory framework.
We charge a fee for most steps of the exporting livestock process. This fee is time-based for some steps. See our charging guidelines.
Follow these steps to prepare your livestock consignment for export.
Micor (Live Animals) sets out the known importing country requirements. You must meet these requirements to export live animals from Australia.
Apply for a login to access Micor information related to exporting livestock.
You must check Micor and any import permit conditions prior to each consignment.
Importing countries may change their requirements without notice and may not inform us. It is your responsibility to check requirements directly with the relevant government authority of the importing country.
For multiple use import permits, you must manage the quota. You do not need to provide us with this information unless we request it.
Requirements not listed
Sometimes a country or livestock commodity is not listed on Micor. In this case, the importing country requirements are set out in the import permit. You must get a valid import permit from the relevant destination country authority.
Changes to requirements
If requirements change and these have been agreed to, we will update Micor. If you receive requirements that are different to Micor, please contact us immediately.
Some countries require pre-export isolation or quarantine. Our requirements depend on method of transport. For:
- air consignments, we must approve the premises before the start of isolation. You must submit the NOI at least 10 business days before the start of isolation.
- sea consignments, check importing requirements. Otherwise, follow ASEL requirements.
You must have an approved exporter supply chain assistance system (ESCAS) to export feeder or slaughter livestock. You must identify the relevant ESCAS approval on your NOI. This is not required for breeder livestock.
Submit your notice of intention (NOI) on Tracking Animal Certification for Export (TRACE). You must submit an NOI for each consignment.
You must submit your NOI the earlier of (and at least):
- 10 business days before quarantine or isolation begins, or
- 10 business days before the consignment is proposed to be exported.
This timeframe also applies to reactivation of NOIs that have been placed ‘on hold’ in TRACE.
In some cases, we can accept NOIs with less than 10 business days’ notice. This will depend on the NOI details and our availability to service the consignment. Please contact us to discuss if you are in this situation.
Alternate Export Arrangements under ASEL
In some cases, you can apply for alternate export arrangements under ASEL. These apply to a specific consignment only. You can apply when you submit your NOI.
Find out how to apply for alternative export arrangements under ASEL.
We may approve alternative pen space as part of your AA for some markets. You must self-assess if your consignment is eligible as per our alternative pen space policy.
In some cases, you can apply for exemptions from other requirements. These may apply to a specific consignment only.
Accredited stockpersons and veterinarians
ASEL requires an accredited stockperson to accompany all livestock voyages. See LiveCorp Accredited stockpersons for more information.
We will inform you if a shipboard accredited veterinarian (AAV) must accompany the consignment. See when we may require a shipboard AAV.
We assess each NOI and notify you in TRACE if we approve it.
We will contact you if we require further information or market specific documents. Examples include a heat stress risk assessment (HSRA) or residency check requirements.
We will inform you if we require an independent observer to accompany your livestock voyage by sea.
If there are changes to your consignment you must update your NOI. You must do this through an NOI variation in TRACE.
The NOI should be as accurate as possible. You should make a variation when you know the information is out of date.
We will contact you if we require more information.
- importing country requirements change
- your operations are no longer reflected in your AA and/or AEP.
Pre-export preparation and inspection
An AAV must carry out the activities outlined in your AEP including inspecting your consignment. This must occur before our regional veterinary officer (RVO) inspects the consignment.
You must remove ineligible livestock from the consignment before the RVO inspection. ASEL has requirements for managing reject livestock.
Before you apply for an export permit and health certificate (EPHC) you must have all pre-export documentation as outlined in your AA and AEP.
We base export document requirements prior to export on the:
- exporters performance level
- specific export market
We can also request you provide additional documentation if required.
Exporter performance level
We base the documents you must provide prior to export on your performance level. Information on performance levels can be found in the performance management and compliance guidelines.
If you are a provisional exporter, you must provide all documentation prior to export.
Specific Export Market
Export documents include core and non-core documents.
Core documents are the minimum documents we require you to provide the RVO prior to export if you have an AA and AEP. The core documents list and importing country requirements may change at any time. You must verify requirements for each market before you start the export process.
If a market has no agreed importing country requirements in place, the core documents list is indicative only. You must contact our regional office to find out what documentation you must present.
The required documents should be uploaded to the relevant NOI on TRACE. The RVO can then issue the export permit and health certificate (EPHC).
If you have difficulty accessing these files, visit web accessibility for assistance.
Timing of state and territory health status documentation
State and territory governments issue health status documentation to demonstrate your compliance with importing country requirements. We can only accept these documents within certain time periods before export. Our policy provides clarity and direction on the issuance of these documents.
You need an export permit and health certificate (EPHC) for each export consignment.
Let us know if there are changes to your consignment. It may invalidate your issued export permit and health certificate.
For more information, contact your local regional office.
Our RVOs inspect all livestock consignments before export. Arrange your inspection through our regional office in your state or territory
Inspections are usually done within 72 hours of departure. This may change due to importing country requirements.
The inspections take place at:
- registered establishments for livestock to be exported by sea
- approved premises for most livestock to be exported by air
- other premises for livestock if an approved premise is not required.
The inspection ensures that livestock for export meet the:
- Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL)
- importing country requirements
- legislative requirements
- exporter’s AA and AEP.
We will issue your EPHC after you have met all our requirements.
Our description on the EPHC only identifies the species of livestock. We do not identify the breed as this is a commercial matter.
We will also issue your consignment a rating as per the Performance Management and Compliance Guidelines. These ratings are known as livestock export consignment reports (LECR). They inform your exporter performance level.
We will note concerns or issues identified during the inspection and let you know in writing.
We charge a fee for the EPHC. See our charging guidelines.
Circumstances may change after we issue the consignment documentation. We may need to revoke and reissue the EPHC. Please contact us to discuss as soon able possible if this may apply to your consignment.
Once you receive the EPHC you can export your consignment.
Notifiable incident reports
Some incidents require you to submit a report to us. See ASEL for more information.
Email the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The master of the livestock vessel must provide a copy of the ‘masters report carriage of livestock’ to us. You must ensure they provide this. They must provide it after the voyage.
Email the report to email@example.com.
Under ASEL, you must provide us with regulatory reports for all livestock consignments.
- daily reports (where applicable) for livestock exported by sea
- end-of-voyage report for livestock exported by sea
- end-of-journey report for livestock exported by air.
Use the forms located on LIVEXCollect for your reports. It is a LiveCorp-administered data collection and management system. It is the approved form by us for meeting your ASEL reporting requirements.
The use of LIVEXCollect supports:
- our regulatory functions
- LiveCorp activities such as the research and service body for the livestock export industry.
For more information on LIVEXCollect, visit the LiveCorp website.
Register for access to LIVEXCollect by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete and submit these forms within the timeframes in ASEL.
Contact LIVEXCollect for any support or training to use the program.