The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources regulates the activities of exporters and egg establishments to make sure you meet requirements set by legislation and by the importing country.
We can help you to:
- understand the role of legislation in exporting goods
- register as an exporter or export establishment
- meet importing country requirements.
Step 1: Check export legislation relating to your goods
The process for exporting egg products from Australia varies depending on how your product is defined under the
Export Control Act 1982 and associated legislation.
If you want to export egg products, you will need to check this export legislation first.
The Act separates egg products into two groups:
- prescribed goods
- non-prescribed goods.
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 (such as 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.
Use the rest of this step by step guide to help you through the exporting process.
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.
Step 2: Check importing country requirements
Step 3: Register with the department
Before exporting prescribed egg products, you must be registered with us. Registration requirements vary and depend on your specific role in the exporting process.
If you are the person or company responsible for exporting prescribed egg products, you will need to be registered with us as an exporter.
Exporters register with us through our Export Documentation System (EXDOC). This will allow you to link your exporter name and details to all export documentation you request through the system.
Register in EXDOC as an:
exporter–your name and address will be included as the exporter/owner on any documents generated for you by a third party agent
EDI user–to generate requests for export permits, health certificates and related documents
exporter and EDI user–your name and address will be registered in the EXDOC system as an exporter and you will be able to request export permits, health certificates and related documents.
Find out more about registering as an exporter through EXDOC.
Register your establishment with us if you are involved in handling prescribed egg products for export as a:
- freight forwarder
- storage facility
- laying establishment that packs product for export.
Registering as an egg export establishment involves:
- submitting an
application to register an export establishment and the documented approved arrangement you will operate under
- audit of your application and documentation including:
- a fit and proper person check of all staff listed in your application
- a check for any outstanding debt to the Commonwealth that may be owed by the establishment that is to be registered (to be paid by the applicant)
- desk audit of your approved arrangement
- onsite audit of your establishment and approved arrangement to confirm details and effective implementation
- payment of all fees and charges
- approval of your application, if you have met all requirements.
Your establishment must be approved for domestic purposes prior to being approved for export purposes.
If you want to export your own product (rather than sell to an exporter or another export registered establishment) you will also need to register with the department as an exporter through our Export Documentation System (EXDOC) to gain export documentation.
Find out more about applying to operate as an egg export registered establishment.
Step 4: Document your product’s export eligibility
Egg goods that are intended for export from Australia must:
- comply with all legislative and importing country requirements
- be prepared at an export registered establishment
- remain in export registered establishments at each stage of the export supply chain.
Manufacturers are responsible for providing written evidence that these requirements have been met.
Some countries may require supporting documentation be presented with the export permit application.
Declaration of Compliance
Manufacturers of egg products intended for export are responsible for making a
Declaration of Compliance for those goods.
The declaration confirms the eligibility of the goods for export, specifically that the product:
Exporters will need to confirm that they have been issued with a Declaration of Compliance when making a Request for Permit in EXDOC.
All shipments of exported goods must have a Declaration of Compliance that covers all egg products in the shipment.
transfer declaration is required each time a product is moved from one export registered establishment to another. This requirement does not apply when product is moved from a registered establishment directly to a wharf or airport and an export permit has been issued.
For example, when goods are moved from a processing establishment to a storage establishment.
The declaration must state that the product being transported has been stored in accordance with:
The establishment dispatching the goods is responsible for making a transfer declaration.
Step 5: Request export permits and certificates
Step 6: Export your goods
If you have completed steps 1-5 and made sure your goods meet all requirements, you are now ready to export.