MAA 2021-07: Nauru, Philippines and Republic of Korea: Eggs and egg products: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – Updates on HPAI free status and lifting the temporary ban on export of eggs and egg products

Date of issue: 23 July 2021

Date of effect: Immediate

Reference Number: MAA2021-07

Related Market Access Advice: MAA2021-04 – Countries and products affected by the occurrence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Victoria as at 12 April 2021.

Attention:

  • Egg Exporters —Australian Eggs, Egg farmers Australia
  • Registered egg export establishments
  • Licensed exporters
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment —Central and Regional offices

Purpose

  • This Market Access Advice (MAA) provides updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) free status and lifting of the temporary ban on the export of eggs and egg products to Nauru, Philippines and Republic of Korea.
  • This MAA supersedes MAA2021-04 issued on 19 April 2021 relating to the import restrictions of eggs and egg products to Nauru, Philippines and Republic of Korea due to the occurrence of HPAI in Victoria as at 12 April 2021.

Summary of key points

  • On 26 February 2021, Australia regained its previous animal health status for avian influenza.

Nauru

  • On 16 April 2021, the Nauruan Department of Justice and Border Control officially notified Australia that temporary restrictions on the importation of avian products from Australia would end from this date.
  • Nauru advised that restrictions on the issuance of export certificates for these products would also be lifted as at 16 April 2021 and the issuance of export certification of these products can resume.

Philippines

  • On 2 July 2021, the Philippine Department of Agriculture officially notified Australia that the temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products originating from Lethbridge, Victoria, had been lifted as of this date. This includes importation of poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen from Australia.

Republic of Korea

  • On 2 July 2021, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs notified Australia that temporary restrictions on the importation of eggs and egg products from Australia would end from this date.
  • Republic of Korea advised that restrictions on the issuance of export certificates for eggs and egg products would also be lifted as at 2 July 2021.

General advice for all exports of egg and egg products

  • Exporters are encouraged to work with their importer to ensure that product meets the current importing country requirements.
  • Exporters should be aware that trade may not recommence immediately for all markets affected by the temporary ban, and depending on specific certification and importing country requirements, extended delays may occur for some markets. The department will continue to provide updates as restrictions are lifted and export certification can be reinstated.
  • A list of all export health certificates affected by the HPAI and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) incidents near Lethbridge, Bairnsdale and Kerang, Victoria has been provided by country in Attachment 1.
  • Information relating to country bans which remain in place for HPAI has been provided at Attachment 2.
  • Should exporters receive any enquiries from importing countries about the changes to certification, please direct such enquiries to exportstandards@awe.gov.au.

Exporter declarations

For eggs and egg products

For certification raised through EXDOC, exporters will be prompted to manually input one of the below exporter declarations in full depending on the product being exported.

Exporter declarations will be applied when raising health certificate for the export of eggs and egg products to the currently affected countries as indicated in the Attachment 1:

The egg products in this consignment comply with sourcing provisions that meet the specific importing country requirements for avian influenza.

Exporters need to ensure that the relevant exporter declaration is only included once it has been confirmed as true and correct. Exporters are reminded that it is an offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian Government.

Exporters need to ensure that they keep all relevant sourcing records as evidence of compliance.

The Manual of Importing Country Requirement (Micor)

  • Exporters and establishments are encouraged to regularly check the main commodity landing pages of Micor to ensure they are referencing the most up-to-date HPAI MAA.

Exporter and establishment guidance

  • Exporters with detained consignments that require departmental assistance are requested to email details of the consignment, including the health certificate number to exportstandards@awe.gov.au.
  • As was the case with previous HPAI incidents, the department is taking all possible action to minimise the effects of this disease outbreak on trade and will keep industry informed of further developments.

Further information

Contact exportstandards@awe.gov.au if you have any queries.

The information provided in this advice 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.

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Attachment 1 - countries and products affected by the occurrence of avian influenza in victoria as at 20 July 2021

Country/ Region Product Certificate Avian influenza Certificate requirement – (area from which product must not be sourced to meet attestation) STATUS
Hong Kong Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46 Golden Plains Shire and Gippsland Shire in Victoria Trading partner ban on product sourced from within Golden Plains Shire and Gippsland Shire in Victoria.

Certification available for product sourced from outside of these Shires in Victoria.

Egg exporter declaration required.
Japan Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46EG   Certification reinstated for eggs laid from 8 April 2021
Kiribati Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46EG Victoria Certification reinstated for product sourced from outside Victoria.

Egg exporter declaration required.
Nauru Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46EG Previous Control Areas in Victoria Certification re-instated. Egg product exporter declaration required.
New Zealand Eggs in shell and processed eggs Veterinary Declaration which endorses an attached manufacturer's declaration   Product produced from 26 February 2021 is eligible for export.

Australia is recognised as being free from HPAI, Veterinary Declaration are required.
PNG Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46 Australia Trading partner ban on all Australian products.

Certification will remain suspended until ban is lifted and certification requirements can be met.
Republic of Korea Eggs in shell EX46 Australia Certification re-instated. Egg exporter declaration required.
Saudi Arabia Eggs in shell and processed eggs EX46SA Previous Control Areas in Victoria Certification re-instated, Egg exporter declaration required.
Singapore Eggs in shell - (not heat treated) Processed Eggs (not heat treated) EX46EG EX46S   Certification available for products packed or produced from 22 March sourced from Singapore approved layer farms.
Taiwan Eggs in shell Processed Eggs EX46 EX46EG Victoria Victoria Certification re-instated for products sourced from outside of Victoria.

Egg exporter declaration required.

Attachment 2 - countries which have implemented import restrictions (in addition to certification requirements) related to occurences of avian influenza in victoria as at 20 July 2021

Country/Region Zone affected Products affected
The European Union (EU) Australia All poultry and ratite products and by-products.
Hong Kong Golden Plains Shire, Victoria Gippsland Shire, Victoria All poultry (carcass, parts and offal), poultry products (including eggs and egg products).
Kiribati Victoria  All poultry (carcass, parts and offal), poultry products (including eggs and egg products).
Korea, Republic of Australia Importing ban is lifted for poultry (including day-old chicks, hatching eggs and birds other than poultry and wild birds), ratites/ostriches (including day-old chicks and hatching eggs), poultry meat.

Trade reinstated for eggs and egg products. However, resumption of trade of poultry meat is subject to ongoing negotiation of poultry meat health certificates. For information on Poultry meat refer to MAA2131.
Nauru Golden Plains Shire, Victoria Gippsland Shire, Victoria Trade reinstated for poultry, live poultry, poultry products.
Marshall Islands Australia All poultry and poultry products (including eggs and egg products).
Papua New Guinea Victoria All live poultry (including day old chickens), poultry meat and meat product and poultry products (including eggs and egg products).

Heat treated poultry products and mechanically deboned meat (MDM) derived from poultry sourced from all Australian states and Territories excluding Victoria are eligible for export.
The Philippines Australia Trade reinstated for poultry meat and meat products, poultry products (including eggs and egg products), live domestic and wild birds (including day old chicks), avian semen.
Russia Australia Poultry and poultry products (hatching eggs, eggs, egg products and finished products containing egg components) (excluding products subject to processing to destroy influenza viruses), feed and feed additives (excluding those of plant origin, chemical and microbiological synthesis), live birds and used equipment for keeping, slaughtering and cutting birds.
Solomon Islands Within 10km of any premises that has been under quarantine restrictions for highly pathogenic avian influenza within the last 3 months. All poultry meat and meat products, all poultry products (including eggs and egg products).
South Africa Australia Live poultry, pigeons and other birds, eggs of all species, egg products (excluding SPF eggs), poultry meat (fresh and frozen).
Thailand Australia All poultry and bird meat, poultry and bird products (including hatching eggs, eggs and egg products) and avian semen This does not apply to heat treated products for animal/pet feed purposes.
Last reviewed: 23 July 2021
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