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Exporting eggs and egg products from Australia

​​​​​​​​​​​​The export of eggs and egg products from Australia is regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, under the Export Control Act 1982 and associated legislation.

Regulation by us ensures continued market access and satisfies our trading partners that prescribed goods manufactured and exported from Australia are safe and comply with export legislation and specific importing country requirements.

If you are involved in the export supply chain, you will need to be aware of:

  • your obligations under export legislation
  • specific importing country requirements that you need to meet
  • any additional export requirements set by us.

We can help you to understand the requirements for exporting your goods to overseas markets.

Read our step-by-step guide to exporting eggs and egg products from Australia.

Export legislation

Under export legislation eggs and egg products, as with other foods, are classified as either a prescribed or non-prescribed good.

Prescribed egg goods includes whole eggs and products made from eggs from a chicken (Gallus gallus) intended for human consumption and where the major ingredient is egg.

Examples of prescribed egg products include:

  • whole eggs
  • liquid egg (whole, yolk only, white only)
  • dried egg (whole, yolk only, white only)
  • frozen egg (whole, yolk only, white only)
  • cooked egg products (e.g. scrambled, boiled, pickled).

If you are planning to export prescribed goods from Australia, you will need to:

  • register with us as an exporter
  • only use establishments that are registered for the products being exported.

Non-prescribed egg goods may include any product containing egg:

  • for animal consumption or for human consumption where egg is:
    • not the major ingredient (by weight or volume)
    • an ingredient but is not described or represented as being an egg product (such as mayonnaise, pavlova)
  • from an avian species other than chicken (Gallus gallus), including ducks, emu, quail.

If you are exporting non-prescribed goods, you do not need to register with us, but will still need to meet any specific importing country requirements. We advise that you confirm with your importer any particular documentation or certification requirements for entry into the destination country.

Find out more about exporting non-prescribed goods from Australia.

Exporters of prescribed eggs and egg products

Before you begin exporting prescribed eggs and egg products from Australia, you will need to:

Find out more about requirements of being a registered egg exporter.

Export registered establishments

All prescribed eggs and egg products intended for export must be prepared and stored in an establishment registered with us, this includes:

  • Australian egg ingredient suppliers
  • freight forwarders
  • manufacturers
  • processors
  • producers
  • storage facilities
  • laying establishments that pack product for export
  • any establishment where the prescribed goods will be stored and or loaded for export (excluding the wharf and airport terminal).

If you are an exporter, you can either use a facility that is already registered with us, or organise for your establishment to become export registered.

Register as an export establishment by:

Audits will also be conducted each year to make sure you are maintaining all processes documented in your approved arrangement.

Find out more about operating an export registered establishment.

Notices and advices

Industry advice notices and market access advices are released to notify egg export industry of any changes including:

  • operational requirements
  • legislation
  • market access conditions.

See current industry notices and advices.

Resources for egg exporters

Other government agencies and industry bodies are also involved in the regulation of eggs and egg products for export and can help you become export ready.

If you need help, there are range of industry resources available for exporters and manufacturers of exported egg and egg products.

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