Japan pork quota
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manages 8 Japan quotas including pork. This quota was put in place by the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).
Australian exporters can export specific quantities of pork products at reduced tariff rates through these quotas.
- Quotas are issued on a first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis with the quota year running in line with the Japanese financial year: 1 April to 31 March.
- The amount of quota available changes annually for pork (check out the total volume of quota agreed on all Japan quotas until 2024) .
- Tariff rate cuts vary depending on the product.
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 issued by Australia for JAEPA products. The tables are updated once a week.
Apply for a JAEPA quota certificate for pork
To apply for a quota certificate for a consignment of pork, you must lodge a request for permit (RFP) through the department’s electronic documentation system, EXDOC.
The RFP must include your correct email address, correct AHECC codes and the quota indicator must be ticked. You can update your details by contacting the EXDOC Help Desk.
To complete the RFP you may need to refer to the eligible AHECC codes.
When the RFP reaches ‘complete’ status on EXDOC, the data will go through to the Quota Unit on the next business day. Once the application is approved, the Quota Unit will email the quota certificate directly to you.
If a quota certificate needs to be altered, you must 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 to you.
If you can’t find your Harmonised Schedule code (HS code), then the product can’t be exported under quota. Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website to find out what JAEPA means for your export.
Historical quota usage
The Export Control (Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Tariff Rate Quotas) Order 2016 governs the rules around quota for prescribed goods to Japan. Exporters should be familiar with the 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. More information on the broader outcomes of the agreement can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website .
The Quota Unit collects and manages the data presented on this website for commercial and government use. The data comes from the request for permits (RFPs) received by the department.
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For queries or assistance with the JAEPA pork quota, contact the Quota Unit:
Phone: 02 6272 4068