Approved arrangements for livestock exports core documents

​​​​​​Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Core documents are those export documents required for a departmental veterinary officer to certify importing country requirements and issue an export permit. The department has categorised core documents for each market based on complexity (Categories A, B and C). For more information on market categories and adding new markets, species or modes of transport to an approved arrangement please refer to the Performance Management and Compliance Guidelines [DOC 3.3 MB].

Prior to export, provisional exporters and established exporters operating under transition arrangements must provide all documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for verification (this can be achieved via upload to TRACE), while exporters on Performance Level 1 and above are required to provide a set of core documents, and retain non-core documents for audit.

If a departmental veterinary officer finds issues with compliance during livestock inspection or documentation verification, they have the discretion to request to see additional or all documents as appropriate.

As the core documents list and Micor requirements are subject to change, it is the responsibility of the exporter to independently verify this information.

Where animal treatments are required, this may include details on vaccinations, antibiotic treatments and internal and external parasitic treatments. Detail may include dates, dose rates and/or product names.

Where a country does not have an agreed protocol in place (e.g. Laos, Brunei Darussalam, Mauritius, Pakistan, Philippines and other markets not listed), or where a country does not have an agreed protocol for a particular class and/or species of livestock (e.g. breeder cattle to Vietnam) core documents listed below should be treated as indicative only. Exporters must obtain importing country requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

In addition, if there are circumstances where removing rejects from a consignment prior to inspection by a departmental veterinary officer, may not result in the best animal welfare outcome, exporters must provide the department’s veterinary officer with a written plan for managing rejected livestock at the time of inspection in accordance with EAN 2016-16.

October 2020 updates include changes to:

  • Pregnancy test certification requirements for breeder cattle
  • All sheep exports loading out of Fremantle
  • Heat Stress Risk Assessment requirements.

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Core documents by category

Below are the core documents required for each class of animal permitted for export, listed by market category and importing country. Other records required for export (for example in accordance with ASEL requirements) must also be kept and presented to the department when requested.

Category A

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Bahrain

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Cambodia

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • animal treatments[1].

Egypt

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Indonesia (feeder and slaughter)

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

Jordan

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Kuwait

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Laos

There are no agreed import protocols for all classes of animals to Laos – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Lebanon

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

Malaysia (feeder and slaughter)

All slaughter class animals require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

There are no agreed import protocols for feeder class animals to Malaysia—information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All feeder class animals require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

Mexico

All breeder class animals require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • tag list at final sign off.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Oman

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Qatar

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Sabah

There are no agreed import protocols for all classes of animals to Sabah— information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • animal treatments[1].

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Singapore

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Sri Lanka

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Thailand

With the exception of breeder cattle, all classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1].

There are no agreed import protocols for breeder cattle to Thailand – information included in the below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1].

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

United Arab Emirates

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Vietnam (feeder and slaughter)

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1].

Category B

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Argentina

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatment date included in the health certificate
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Brunei Darussalam

There are no agreed protocols for any class animals to Brunei Darussalam – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.
All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Indonesia (breeder and productive)

All productive classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatment date included in the health certificate.

There are no agreed import protocols for breeder class animals to Indonesia – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All breeder classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Malaysia (breeder)

All breeder classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Mauritius

There are no agreed import protocols for any class of animals to Mauritius – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

New Zealand

All classes of animal require:

  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatment date included in the health certificate
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Pakistan

There are no agreed import protocols for any class animals to Pakistan – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification.  Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • a heat stress model and load plan.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Philippines

There are no agreed import protocols for any class animals to Philippines—information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All breeder class of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list).

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Sarawak

There are no agreed import protocols for any class animals to Sarwak—information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Taiwan

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1]
  • pre-export quarantine date
  • an extended tag list
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Turkey

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • a heat stress model and load plan
  • disinfectants
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

United States of America

All feeder class animals require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • Registered/approved premises details and entry date
  • animal treatments[1]

Vietnam (breeder)

There are no agreed import protocols for breeder class animals to Vietnam – information included in the list below is indicative only. Exporters must obtain import health requirements from the relevant government and provide appropriate documentation to the departmental veterinary officer for certification. Import conditions must be determined prior to commencing livestock preparation.

All breeder class animals require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off.

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Category C

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China

All classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1]
  • reject list (at final sign off)
  • disinfections
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Israel

All heifers require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • a heat stress model and load plan
  • animal treatments[1]
  • weight list
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

All classes of animal other than heifers require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • a heat stress model and load plan
  • animal treatments[1]
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

Japan

All breeder class of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1]
  • rejects list (at final sign off)
  • pre-export quarantine date
  • property of origin list
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

All feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • animal treatments[1]
  • rejects list (at final sign off)
  • pre-export quarantine date
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

Russia

All breeder, feeder and slaughter classes of animal require:

  • any existing dispensations and transit permits
  • an import permit
  • any existing blood work and test results (including tag list)
  • tag list at final sign off
  • a heat stress model and load plan
  • animal treatments[1]
  • property of origin clearances from NSW and Victoria (until further notice).

For breeder cattle by sea:

  • pregnancy test certification (only required as a core document when an exporter is applying for an extension to the pregnancy test certification validity, in accordance with the department’s policy).

[1] Animal treatments may include details on vaccinations, antibiotic treatments, and internal and external parasitic treatments.

Last reviewed: 23 December 2020
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