4 March 2021
This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to provide guidance to industries and exporters about the changes to documentation and administration processes for animal food and pharmaceutical goods under the new Export Control Act 2020, specifically that an export permit for animal food and pharmaceutical goods will no longer be required.
What is changing?
Under current export legislation, animal food and pharmaceutical goods are classified as prescribed goods. This means exporters are required to submit an EX28 “Notice of Intention to Export Prescribed Goods”, an EX222 “Export Clearance Declaration” or an EXDOC Request for Permit (RFP) to obtain an export permit for these goods to be eligible to leave Australia.
From 28 March 2021, Australia’s agricultural, fishery, forestry and food exports will be regulated under the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control Rules. The Act defines prescribed goods. Prescribed goods are goods that are regulated by the Act and the Rules. The Rules list which goods are prescribed goods. All other goods are non-prescribed goods.
Under the new legislation all animal food and pharmaceutical goods are not prescribed goods. This means export permits are no longer required for animal food and pharmaceutical products.
Goods that will be impacted with this change:
- Raw pet meat and canned pet food (such as inedible beef meat)
- Raw products for pharmaceutical use (such as ovine placenta)
Taking effect from 28 March 2021, exporters and establishments should note the following:
- Exporters will no longer be required to complete an EX28 when submitting their application for certification.
- The department will no longer need to check that the submission includes a completed EX28 nor assess it.
- The department will no longer issue an export permit.
- EXDOC will be updated and will no longer identify these products as requiring an export permit.
- The exporter will no longer be required to request authorisation (including not needing to complete an EX222 “Export Clearance Declaration”) as part of their application for certification.
- The department will no longer need to check whether an establishment has an approved arrangement nor assess manual declarations or EX222 forms.
- Inspections by a veterinary officer that were occurring where an industry arrangement was not in place will no longer be required.
The department is working with the Australian Border Force to remove the requirement for export permits for animal feed and pharmaceutical products in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS).
For further information regarding non-prescribed goods and how to export, please visit the department’s website.
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email NPGExports@awe.gov.au
Residues and Food Exports Branch
Exports and Veterinary Services Division
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment