Notice to Industry – Fertile egg (poultry) imports

​​​​​​​​​​Purpose of this document

This document is designed to assist importers with the submission of information/applications for the import of fertile hatching eggs (poultry).

Submission of forms and applications

The following table summarises the timeframes for submission of forms and applications. Information regarding the details of these is not covered in this document. Details are available on the department’s website and/or via the relevant contacts listed below.

Application or Form to be submitted by the importer

Date or Time

Contact/More Information

Booking the facility

On or before 30 April during the calendar year prior to import (Government owned facilities)

OR as required by the Approved arrangement(AA) site

Complete the Application for booking at PEQ – Avian Compound
Note: a charge is payable to secure the booking.

OR  AA site  – private arrangements

Apply for import permit

Six (6) months prior to import

See the applica​tion forms on the department’s web site.

Submit operational plan to facility manager for approval (not applicable for AA site)

At least four (4) weeks prior to import

See government facility contact above

Advise the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) of the testing schedule

At least four (4) weeks prior to import

Notifications must be sent to the following email addresses:
Aahl-DutyVet and Aahl-Accessions and copied to the department facility manager at PEQ Services.

Advise AAHL of any changes to the testing schedule

At least four (4) weeks prior to testing (approximately two (2) weeks prior to import)

As above.

Submit a Notice of  Intent to import fertile eggs (NOI) form​

Note: the department publishes a list of Approved disinfectants PDF  [244 KB, 1 pages] for imports of hatching eggs of poultry.

1-2 weeks prior to import

Manager of the government facility at PEQ Services
Or for private AA site, the supervising Veterinary Officer at CER Animal Imports

Submit data and draft health certificate for pre-export compliance assessment prior to uplift

At least three (3) days prior to scheduled uplift

As above

Submit the first veterinary health certificate

On arrival at airport^ or government quarantine isolation facility or AA site​​*

As above

Submit the second veterinary health certificate

Prior to hatch

As above

Importers are advised that they are required to pay all costs associated with the importation and quarantine of imported eggs, hatched birds and sentinels. Fertile eggs are a high-risk commodity. Importers will be required to pay all costs, even in the event that the consignment does not meet import requirements, is diseased and/or needs to be euthanized and disposed of.

Only commercial poultry may undergo post-arrival quarantine isolation at an AA site. Commercial and non-commercial poultry may undergo post-arrival quarantine isolation at government PEQ facilities.

^Eggs must stay in the approved aircraft container (air can) until a biosecurity officer arrives and checks the seals, and supervises the unloading.

*Flights must arrive during business hours to ensure the safe and secure transfer of eggs to these facilities. If this is not possible, for example at smaller airports such as Adelaide, scheduled arrival time must be advised as early as possible for approval by the department, before the NOI is submitted.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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