Industry Advice Notice no. 2004/13: Export Certification of Imported Product

​Date issued 12 August 2004

The Australian and Quarantine Inspection Service has issued this notice to clarify the procedures/circumstances regarding the use of Re-export Phytosanitary certificates (EX25) for both horticulture and grain products being re-exported from Australia. This notice will also clarify the procedures required for products certified though EXDOC (currently EXDOC does not have the functionality to produce re-export Phytosanitary certificates).


Goods imported into Australia (cleared Quarantine), which have been secured against re-infestation whilst in Australia, are to be exported on a re-export Phytosanitary certificate (noting below exception). 

If the goods make up part of a larger consignment (containing other Australian prescribed goods) they may be certified on the standard Phytosanitary certificate issued for that consignment, providing that any additional declarations required by importing country can be satisfied by inspection and the Phytosanitary certificate states that the goods are product of Australia and the other country.

If the consignment has been exposed to infestation or contamination by pests, or has lost its integrity or identity, or has been processed to change its nature, the NPPO should issue a Phytosanitary certificate and not the Phytosanitary certificate for re-export. The country of origin should still be indicated on the Phytosanitary certificate. The NPPO must be confident that the importing country’s regulations are met.

Re-export certificates must not be issued for goods that are rejected under the Quarantine Act 1908 for entry into Australia OR for goods that have only been held in bond and have not been formally cleared as imports into Australia OR where the additional declaration requires endorsement relating to growing conditions or treatments in the original country.

Procedures if documentation issued through EXDOC

Electronic certification issued through EXDOC does not currently have the facility to issue a Re-export Phytosanitary Certificate.

For product which can be certified on an electronic Phytosanitary certificate, the Additional Product Description field must be populated in relation to the appropriate Line details. The description to be entered into this field is to be ‘Product of (country of origin)’.

The legislative requirements for the issuance of re-export Phytosanitary certificates and re-export of goods from Australia are given in Clause A, Schedule 3 Grains, Plants, Plant Product Orders (GPPO's). An extract follows:

Grains, Plants and Plant Products Orders - Schedule 3

Re-exports from Australia

19.1. Re-export phytosanitary certificates shall be issued for prescribed goods re-exported from Australia if phytosanitary certification is required by a foreign country authority where:

(a) The goods are accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the country of origin and complying with the requirements of a foreign country authority;

(b) The identity of the goods can be established; and

(c) The consignment has not been exposed to infestation while in Australia.

19.2. Re-export certificates shall not be issued for products rejected under the Quarantine Act 1908 for entry into Australia.

19.3. Where imported goods in transit or in bond through Australian ports en route to other destinations have not been formally cleared as imports into Australia, they will not be issued with a re-export phytosanitary certificate.

19.4. Where imported goods are subsequently exported as part of a larger consignment containing Australian prescribed goods, the goods may be covered under the general phytosanitary certificate issued for the consignment, provided that:

(a) any additional declarations required by a foreign country authority can be satisfied by product inspection; and

(b) the certificate indicated that the consignment is a product of Australia and the other country.

Lois Ransom
Senior Manager, Plant Programs

Contact Officer: Craig Scheibel
Telephone: 02 6272 5307
Facsimile: 02 6272 3745

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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