Export quotas

​​​​The Australian Government is committed to supporting Australian agricultural exports and has negotiated a number of important bilateral and multilateral agreements with trading partners to facilitate the trade.

Some of these agreements include reduced tariff rate arrangements for certain products, administered via quotas. These enable exporters to reduce import taxes on a certain volume of goods into a particular country, which can result in savings for Australian businesses.

Check our quota calendar for important dates.

Check our Australian red meat export statistics for end-of-month reports and meat export figures.

Quotas can be administered by an authority in either the importing or exporting country.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Quota Unit administers export quotas for the products listed.

European Union


United States

The department’s Quota Unit manages 33 quotas. The way a quota certificate is issued depends on the product and its destination.

For an allocated quota, a certificate is issued to exporters who have an allocation to cover the volume of the quota request (either in tonnes or litres).

Some quotas are not allocated and certificates are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.


The department assumed responsibility for the EU sheepmeat, EU high-quality beef and US beef quotas in July 1997 following the closure of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation.

The department, in conjunction with Dairy Australia and the dairy industry, assumed responsibility for dairy World Trade Organization (WTO) quota-controlled markets in 2004, and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) quota-controlled markets in 2005.

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement and its associated quotas came into force on 15 January 2015.

Contact us

For queries or assistance with quotas, contact the Quota Unit:

Phone: 02 6272 4068
Email: Quota Admin

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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