MAA 2020-13: New Zealand: Dairy and Fish – Implementation of electronic certification

Date of issue: 16 September 2020

Date of effect: 22 September 2020

Reference Number: MAA2020-13

Attention:

  • Industries—Industry bodies – Dairy Australia – Dairy Australia, Dairy Export Industry Consultative Committee, Seafood Export Consultative Committee
  • Export establishments for the following commodities: dairy and fish
  • Licensed exporters                                                            
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment — Central and Regional offices

Purpose

To notify manufacturers and exporters that for exports of dairy and fish products to New Zealand that require certification, certificates will now be issued through a paperless electronic certification (eCert) exchange. From 22 September 2020, certification must be issued through eCert, there will be a change in the Certificate template which must be entered into EXDOC when raising a Request for Permit
Exporters are encouraged to complete all pending request for permits prior to the change-over date.

Summary of key points

  • Following negotiations between the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Australian exports of dairy and fish products that require certification will now occur via paperless trading through eCert.

  • Paper export certificates will no longer be available as they are no longer required by MPI

  • Only electronic certification issued through the eCert exchange, will be eligible for import clearance in New Zealand. This is done directly through a government to government exchange.

  • As such, exporters are encouraged to complete all pending request for permits prior to the change-over date.

  • Certificate defaults will be updated as part of the changeover to eCert.

Fish and Fish Products

New eCert Extract Template Code EXDOC Description Original Export Certificate Number Previous EXDOC Endorsement
NZEXF CERTIFICATE AS TO CONDITION FISH TO NEW ZEALAND FX46 523, 524

Dairy and Dairy Products

New eCert Extract Template Code EXDOC Description Original Export Certificate Number Previous EXDOC Endorsement
NZEXD1 DAIRY HEALTH CERTIFICATE FOR MANUFACTURING GRADE PRODUCT TO NEW ZEALAND ZD016 2090
NZEXD2 DAIRY HEALTH CERTIFICATE TO NEW ZEALAND ZD035 300
356
447
463
NZEXD3 DAIRY HEALTH CERTIFICATE FOR STOCK FOOD TO NEW ZEALAND ZD015 2090
NZEXD4 DAIRY CERTIFICATE AS TO CONDITION TO NEW ZEALAND ZD001 2090

There have been no changes to New Zealand sanitary requirements for dairy and fish products.  

The department’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) page will be updated to reflect the changes to certification requirements. 

The previous certification arrangements will not be accepted by New Zealand for exports occurring on or after 22 September 2020.

Further information

Contact ExportStandards@agriculture.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.

Last reviewed: 16 September 2020
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