Step-by-step guide to exporting non-prescribed goods

Some importing countries require our involvement when you export non-prescribed goods.

Follow these steps to understand your responsibilities and our role. Fees and charges apply to some steps.

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Step 1: Check how your goods are defined

You need to understand how your product is defined by law, as export requirements differ.

Prescribed goods

Prescribed goods are regulated by us.

Check if you are exporting a prescribed good:

Organic or biodynamic goods are always prescribed. To export goods as organic or biodynamic, you must also meet specific requirements for export.

Non-prescribed goods

Non-prescribed goods are not regulated by Australian export laws.
Examples of non-prescribed goods may include:

  • animal by-products
  • cosmetics
  • inedible blood
  • nutritional supplements
  • pet food
  • processed foods
  • rendered fats and oils
  • rendered meats
  • skins and hides
  • wool.

Confirming that your goods are non-prescribed can be complex. If you are not sure if your product is a non-prescribed good, contact us.

If you want to export a non-prescribed good, go to step 2.

Step 2: Check importing country requirements

You must meet all requirements set by the importing country authority. This may include certificates issued by us.

Before you export:

  • check our Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor) — some non-prescribed goods are in the Meat, Fish, Dairy and Egg sections
  • talk to your importer, or if needed the importing country authority
  • if needed, obtain an import permit from the importing country authority.

If the importing country does not require our involvement, you do not need to continue through this guide.

Export quotas

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.

Check if export quotas apply to your goods.

Step 3: Become export listed

Complete this step if the importing country requires you to:

  • be export listed to produce a non-prescribed good for export
  • source, prepare and store non-prescribed goods in 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/hide products.

Check Micor for your requirements.

You can apply to be export listed with us. To be export listed you must:

  • have a documented system detailing how you will 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.

Become export listed.


When you are export listed, you may be routinely audited. These audits can be conducted by:

  • Australian Hide Skin and Leather Exporters Association Ltd
  • Australian Renderers Association Inc
  • Pet Food Industry Association of Australia Inc
  • our auditors.

Audit requirements are set by the importing country.

Step 4: Gather evidence of export eligibility

Complete this step if your importing country requires:

  • a government-issued export certificate or other documents
  • proof that your goods were produced and prepared in export listed establishments.

Export certificates

We can issue export certificates for non-prescribed goods.

How you apply for certificates varies depending on the type of goods you are exporting.

To request export documents:

You must have (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).

Fees and charges apply.

Transfer certificate

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.

Step 5: Export your goods

If you have met all requirements set by the importing country, your goods can be exported.

Last reviewed: 23 April 2021
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