2021-08 - Exports of sheep and goats to Malaysia leading into Korban 2021

5 May 2021

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Species: Sheep and goats

Countries: Malaysia

Attention

  • Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC)
  • Department Officers
  • Livestock Exporters
  • LiveCorp
  • Meat and Livestock Australia

Purpose

To advise exporters of the requirements for the export of sheep and goats to Malaysia in the lead up to Korban 2021.

Key points

  • There is an increased demand for livestock during the Korban festival (predicted to occur between 19 and 23 July 2021) and this may lead to an increased risk of non-compliance with ESCAS requirements.
  • The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has advised the department that its members have agreed not to export sheep or goats to Malaysia in the six weeks prior to Korban 2021.
  • The department will require any exporters planning to export feeder/slaughter sheep or goats to Malaysia between 8 June and 23 July 2021 to submit a Korban management plan.
  • Consignments of breeder sheep and goats planned for export to Malaysia between 8 June and 23 July 2021 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Instructions

  1. Exporters are responsible for ensuring compliance with all ESCAS control, traceability and animal welfare requirements.
  2. Where necessary, exporters may put in place additional risk management measures to ensure relevant regulatory requirements continue to be met during periods of high demand, such as Korban.
  3. If an exporter intends to export sheep and goats to Malaysia between 8 June and 23 July 2021, it will be required to submit a Korban management plan that includes:
    1. An outline of the management of the supply chain, including a list of positions and corresponding roles and responsibilities. This is to include any additional or temporary positions for in-market staff.
    2. Identification of possible locations of loss of control and traceability of sheep and goats in the supply chain and management strategies to mitigate these risks.
    3. Additional actions to be implemented during Korban to ensure compliance with ESCAS standards, and contingency arrangements in the event that non-compliance becomes apparent in the lead up to or during Korban.
    4. The process used by the exporter to verify compliance with the plan, for example the type of reports and documentation received, their content and how they are verified for accuracy; and the on-site verification activities to assess the accuracy of the reports and documentation.
    5. Specific information or situations that would initiate further action and/or investigation by the exporter. This may include third party or industry reports of non-compliance with ESCAS standards, such as Australian animals for sale in markets outside of approved supply chains, or other significant incidents, for example high feedlot mortality rates.
    6. Supplementary technology or systems that could be utilised by the exporter to improve control and traceability.
    7. Market engagement and training activities delivered by technical experts (employed or contracted by the exporter) to support ongoing ESCAS compliance. This should include details of activities planned and a register of associated dates, locations and outcomes.
  4. It is a condition of ESCAS approvals that where an exporter becomes aware of potential or actual non-compliance with ESCAS requirements, it must report these incidents to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment immediately.

In accordance with subsections 6-40 and 6-42 of the Export Control (Animals) Rules 2021, the department may vary or revoke approval of an ESCAS if the department is not satisfied that the livestock will be dealt with in accordance with the approved ESCAS.

The department will consider each notice of intention to export feeder and/or slaughter sheep and goats on a case-by-case basis.

Consignments of breeder livestock will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Exporters should be mindful that their Malaysian supply chain partners must conform to Malaysia’s regulations and requirements. In particular, Malaysian abattoirs must be licensed under Malaysian legislation.

Background

Following Korban in 2016 and 2017, reports were received by the department demonstrating poor animal welfare outcomes and/or loss of control and traceability of Australian sheep exported to Malaysia. In response, ALEC advised the department that its members had agreed not to export sheep or goats to Malaysia in the six weeks prior to Korban 2018, 2019 and 2020 due to concerns around compliance with ESCAS requirements.

ALEC (and its members) has reaffirmed its agreed position of suspending supply of sheep and goats to Malaysia leading up to the 2021 Korban festival. ALEC has advised its members that from 8 June to 20 July 2021 there should be no exports of sheep and goats to Malaysia.

Patrick Cass
Assistant Director
Live Animal Export Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Alexandra Phillips
Contact officer
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email livestockexp@awe.gov.au

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