Japan honey quota

​​​​The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment manages 8 Japan quotas including honey. These quotas were put in place by the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).

Australian exporters can export a specific amount of honey to Japan on a first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis until the available quota amount has been exhausted.

The amount of quota available changes annually for honey (check out the total volume of quota agreed on all Japan quotas until 2024).​

Exporters can use the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tariff portal to find the current tariff rate applying to their product and to compare the tariff reduction received under both the JAEPA and the CPTPP agreements.

Key dates to remember

  • 10 March—Department accepts applications for the new quota year
  • 1 April—New quota year commences
  • 31 March—Quota year ends

Current quota usage

The quota usage tables show the total quantity of quota shipped by Australia for JAEPA products. The tables are updated once a week.

Check out the current quota usage for Japan honey.

Apply for a JAEPA quota certificate for honey

Note: You can only apply for a quota certificate for a consignment of honey within 21 days of your product leaving Australia.

To receive a quota certificate for a consignment of honey to Japan you will need to:

To complete your application you may need to refer to the eligible AHECC codes.

  • Once the application is approved, the Quota Unit will email the quota certificate directly to the email address provided on the application form.
  • If a quota certificate needs to be altered, please notify the Quota Unit. A new quota certificate will be required if there is a change to the exporter, importer, product type or quantity of product. The original certificate will be cancelled and a new certificate will be issued and emailed.

Historical quota usage

These tables show how the JAEPA quotas have filled in previous years.


The Export Control (Tariff Rate Quotas) Order 2019 governs the rules around quota administration for honey, which is defined as a non-prescribed good. Exporters should be familiar with this order.

Background to JAEPA

JAEPA eliminates or reduces barriers to trade in goods between Japan and Australia. JAEPA entered into force on 15 January 2015.

Data collection

The Quota Unit collects and manages the data presented on this website for commercial and government use.

Contact us

Get updates about Japan quotas directly by joining our subscription list. Simply email the Quota Unit with your name and the word ‘subscribe’ in the heading.

For queries or assistance with the JAEPA honey quota, contact the Quota Unit:

Phone: 02 6272 4068
Email: quota.admin@awe.gov.au

Last reviewed: 30 April 2021
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