Becoming export listed

​​​The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has created this policy guideline to assist those wishing to produce or prepare non-prescribed food or non-food products in Australia for export.

This guideline describes who needs to become export listed with the department and sets out the steps involved to become an export listed establishment.

Export Listing

Some importing countries require that an establishment producing particular non-prescribed goods for export must be listed in the department’s Establishment Registration (ER) database.

Establishment’s required to be export listed

Establishments producing non-prescribed goods are only required to be listed where required by an importing country.

Establishments producing products such as blood products, pet food products, skin/hide products, leather products and rendered animal products (for some specific markets) are required to be export listed with the department.

Steps to become export listed

Step 1: Contact the department, or approved third-party body, complete the required forms and pay application fees
Step 2: Documented system approval
Step 3: Initial site audit (where required)
Step 4: Export listing
Step 5: Ongoing audits

Step 1: Contact the department, or approved third-party body, complete the required forms and pay application fees

Establishments producing non-prescribed goods are required to be listed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, or an accredited/approved third-party body, when required by an importing country.

Establishments producing products such as blood products, pet food products, skin/hide products, leather products and rendered animal products are required to be listed (for certain markets). Known importing country requirements are set out in the department’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR). MICoR is sorted by country, so you need to check the country you wish to export to and see if listing is required for your product.

Establishments producing pet food for export are encouraged to liaise with the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA) as they are an approved third-party body able to undertake necessary checks in order for the establishment to be listed by the department.

Establishments producing rendered products for export are encouraged to liaise with the Australian Renderers Association (ARA) as they are an approved third-party body able to undertake necessary checks in order for the establishment to be listed by the department.

Establishments producing hide, skin and leather products for export are encouraged to liaise with the Australian Hide Skin & Leather Exporters Association (AHSLEA) as they are an approved third-party body able to undertake necessary checks in order for the establishment to be listed by the department.

If an establishment is required to be listed and no third-party body is approved to undertake the necessary checks, the department will deal directly with the establishment to facilitate listing. This is the case for establishments processing blood products destined for export (to particular markets). In this instance, email the NPG Programme.

Step 2: Documented system approval

To be listed with the department, and obtain an export establishment number, an establishment must have a documented system in place which has been formally approved with oversight from the department. See Exporting non-prescribed goods: documented systems for more information.

For the documented system to be approved, it needs to be assessed by a departmental officer or an independent third-party service provider approved by the department. This assessment will review the key aspects required in a documented system as detailed in this guideline.

Step 3: Initial site audit (where required)

If an assessment of the documented system, for the purpose of listing with the department, is performed off-site (that is, not at the establishment), a review of the procedures and practices being undertaken at the physical location of the establishment, may be required.

This on-site review is undertaken by a departmental officer, or an approved third-party auditor, and seeks to validate that the controls and procedures in the documented system are being implemented and practiced at the establishment.

Step 4: Export listing

Once the department is satisfied that an establishment has an appropriate documented system in place, and is fit for purpose, it may become export listed. Export listing is recorded in the department’s Establishment Registration (ER) database. Once an establishment is listed in ER, they receive a certificate from the department to recognise their listing.

Step 5: Ongoing audits

All non-prescribed good establishments that are listed with the department are subject to ongoing audits of their documented system. Information about these audits can be found in Exporting non-prescribed goods: departmental audit policy.

Useful links

Australian Food & Grocery Council
afgc.org.au

Australian Hide Skin & Leather Exporters Association Inc
ahslea.com.au

Australian Renderers Association Inc
ausrenderers.com.au

Pet Food Industry Association of Australia Inc
pfiaa.com.au

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council
honeybee.org.au

Export Documentation system (EXDOC)
agriculture.gov.au/export/certification/exdoc

Export legislation
agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/quarantine/legislation

Non-prescribed goods fees and charges
agriculture.gov.au/export/fees-charges/food-guidelines

Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR)
agriculture.gov.au/micor

Regional departmental office contact details
agriculture.gov.au/about/contactus/our-offices

Contact

Non-Prescribed Goods Programme
Residues and Food Branch
Exports Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Phone: +61 2 6272 3630
GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601
Email: NPG Programme

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