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Australian export documents and certification

​​​​​Changes to stamps and seals

We are changing the stamps, physical seals and carton seals we use to certify agricultural products for export.

Changes will begin from 20 November 2016.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources issues export documentation required by the Ex​port Control Act 1982 and the authorities of importing countries. Export documentation verifies that the commodity meets legislated export requirements and the requirements of the importing country. The Manual of importing country requirements (MICoR) provides a guide to the requirements of importing countries.

​Electronic docu​​mentation

Export Documentation System (EXDOC) is the department’s software application for primary produce export documentation.

Registration as an EXDOC electronic data interface (EDI) user is open to exporters of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, grain, horticulture, skins and hides, wool and meat by-products, such as pharmaceuticals, blood and pet food.

Registered EDI users can use electronic certification and may generate their own health certificates and related documents.

Export declaratio​​​n numbers

When exporters also register for the Single Elec​tronic Window (SEW)​, EXDOC can generate an export declaration number (EDN) necessary for Integrated Cargo System clearance, to streamline the export process.

Certificates for liv​​​e animals

Exporters of live animals use paper certificates, generated by the Tracking Animal Certification for Export (TRACE) system.

Certification of wood packaging materials for export

The Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (AWPCS) ensures that Australian treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers produce wood packaging material that meets the ISPM 15 standard for exports.