2017-02 - All countries: White Spot disease declaration for prawns

Date of Issue: 20 February 2017

Date of Effect: 22 February 2017


Industry - Seafood

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Central and regional offices

Affected Markets: All prawn exports

Further information: Please contact Exports if you have queries.

This Market Access Advice (MAA) describes new requirements for the export of prawns.

On 1 December 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of the confirmed detection of White Spot disease (white spot) in black tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) located in South East Queensland.

An exporter declaration is required confirming the prawns are free from white spot.

Effective 22 February 2017, the following declaration must be made when raising a request for permit to export prawns.

The prawns in this consignment have not been sourced from a farm or fishing zone where white spot disease has been confirmed.

Failure to insert this statement attesting to the above will result in the RFP being rejected. If the exact wording is not used your RFP will error.

The department reminds exporters that any declarations made to the Commonwealth must be true and accurate. False declarations may result in prosecution.

The Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) is being updated.

If you are an export registered establishment and wish to update your email address, please send an email to Export Establishment Registration. Please note, it is important to consider who in your business are the appropriate person/s to receive notifications as the Department can keep two email contacts on file.

If you are an exporter, or an approved export permit issuer, and wish to update your email address, please send an email to

The information provided above 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.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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