The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry manages 8 Japan quotas including honey. These quotas were put in place by the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).
Australian exporters can export a specific amount of honey to Japan on a first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis until the available quota amount has been exhausted.
The amount of quota available changes annually for honey (check out the total volume of quota agreed on all Japan quotas until 2024).
Exporters can use the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tariff portal to find the current tariff rate applying to their product and to compare the tariff reduction received under both the JAEPA and the CPTPP agreements.
Key dates to remember
- 10 March—Department accepts applications for the new quota year
- 1 April—New quota year commences
- 31 March—Quota year ends
Current quota usage
The quota usage tables show the total quantity of quota shipped by Australia for JAEPA products. The tables are updated regularly.
Apply for a JAEPA quota certificate for honey
Note: You can only apply for a quota certificate for a consignment of honey within 21 days of your product leaving Australia.
To apply for a quota certificate for a consignment of honey to Japan en exporter will need to:
To complete the application it may be necessary to refer to the eligible AHECC codes.
Once the application is approved, the Quota Unit will email the quota certificate directly to the email address provided on the application form.
JAEPA certificates cannot be amended so if there is a change to the exporter, importer, product type or quantity of the consignment the original certificate will be cancelled and a new certificate will be issued and emailed.
Note: Quota administration is cost recovered on a per certificate basis in accordance with the Export Charges (Imposition-General) Regulation 2021 and the Export Control (Fees and Payments) Rules 2021. Exporters are invoiced monthly for any quota certificates issued. The current cost recovered amount is $86 per certificate issued.
Historical quota usage
The Export Control (Tariff Rate Quotas-General) Rules 2021 govern the rules honey, which is defined as a non-prescribed good. Exporters should be familiar with these rules.
Background to JAEPA
JAEPA eliminates or reduces barriers to trade in goods between Japan and Australia. JAEPA entered into force on 15 January 2015.
The Quota Unit collects and manages the data presented on this website for commercial and government use.
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For queries or assistance with the JAEPA honey quota, contact the Quota Unit:
Phone: 02 6272 4068