Exporters of non-prescribed goods
Non-prescribed goods are not regulated by Australian export laws. Exporters must meet the requirements of the importing country.
New exporters — read our step-by-step guide to exporting non-prescribed goods.
Types of goods
You need to understand how your product is defined by law, as export requirements differ.
Prescribed goods are regulated by us.
Check if you are exporting a prescribed good:
- Dairy products
- Eggs and egg products
- Fish and fish products
- Live animals
- Meat and meat products
- Plants and plant products
Organic or biodynamic goods are always prescribed. To export goods as organic or biodynamic, you must also meet specific requirements for export.
Examples of non-prescribed goods include:
- animal by-products
- inedible blood
- nutritional supplements
- dried pet food
- processed foods
- rendered fats and oils
- rendered meats
- skins and hides
Confirming that your goods are non-prescribed can be complex. Read our advice about determining a non-prescribed good.
Importing country requirements
You must meet all requirements set by your importing country.
Before you export:
- check our Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) — some non-prescribed goods are in the Meat, Fish and Dairy sections
- talk to your importer and importing country authority.
Some of our trade agreements include reduced tariff rates for certain products. We manage these through export quotas.
You may be eligible if you export to Japan.
Export listed establishments
Some importing countries require producers of non-prescribed goods to be export listed. Goods include:
- blood products
- leather products
- pet food products
- rendered animal products
- skin or hide products.
Your importing country may also require proof that you have only used export listed establishments at each point in the supply chain.
Check MICoR for your requirements.
You can apply to be export listed, if you produce your own non-prescribed goods for export. To apply to be export listed you may be required to:
- have a documented system to manage public and animal health during production
- be assessed by one of our officers or a third party auditor
- be audited on site, in some cases.
Documents and certificates
Your importing country may require government-issued export documents and/or certificates.
Some importing countries require traceability of goods at each point in the supply chain.
You can use a transfer certificate to prove your goods were only sent between export listed establishments. This does not apply if you are sending products straight to a wharf or airport.
If your importing country requires export documents and/or certificates, we can issue them.
To request export documents:
You may be required to provide (in English):
- clear evidence that your goods meet all import conditions and official requirements
- any specific declarations or endorsements that must be included on the certificate (such as manufacturers’ declarations, laboratory reports and treatment records).