2015-25 - Plant Exports – Clarification of import requirements for grain and seed exports to Malaysia

16 June 2015

Purpose

To advise that the Malaysian Department of Agriculture (DoA) have clarified their requirements for the export of Australian grains and seeds for human consumption, processing and stockfeed.

Background

The Malaysian DoA made a notification on the 10 March 2014 (G/SPS/N/MYS/27) that Malaysia would be implementing new import requirements for 10 items: soybean, corn/maize, cocoa bean, coffee bean, tobacco leaf, cotton, fresh fruits of citrus and banana, hay/grasses and grain or meal for animal feed purposes. The date of enforcement was deferred until 1 January 2015.

Key Points

Some exporters have been issued import permits requiring a physanitary certificate for grain exported for processing or consumption. This has led to confusion as to whether an import permit is required. At the request of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, the Malaysian DoA has clarified the import requirements for grain.

The Malaysian DoA has identified that Australian grain that is exported for processing for human consumption may also have an end use where the by-product of husks are used for animal feed/stock feed. Grain that is exported from Australia to Malaysia that may be used or processed for animal feed/stock feed requires an import permit and phytosanitary certificate.

The MICoR database is being updated to reflect Malaysia’s requirements. Recognising that exporters may not know the end use, the MICoR case accommodates for when an import permit is issued.

If you have any questions or require further clarification please email Grain Export or phone 02 6272 3229.

Peter Creaser
A/g Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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