Export meat licence fact sheet

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What is an export meat licence?

An export meat licence grants permission to conduct a certain type of export transaction. It is issued by the Department of Agriculture after a careful review of the facts surrounding the given export transaction.

It is up to the exporter to determine whether the product requires a licence and to research the end use of the product, in other words, to perform 'due diligence' regarding the transaction.

Who requires an export meat licence?

Exporters of edible meat, offal (including casings) and or meat products of cattle, sheep or goat are required to hold an export meat licence.

An export meat licence is only required for the meat of species of cattle, sheep or goat.

For information on exporting poultry or game meat you will need to contact your local regional office as listed below

NSW – Sydney (02) 8334 7444 email sydney documentation export
VIC/SA/WA – Melbourne (03) 8318 6700 email SER EXDOC
QLD – Brisbane (07) 3246 8755 email exdoc QLD

Why do I need an export meat licence?

The Australian Meat & Livestock Industry Act 1997 (AMLI Act) requires that a person or company or partnership exporting meat or meat products must be licenced to export meat.

How do I obtain a licence?

The applicant must complete an application on the EX31 form titled, 'Application for a Licence to Export Meat or Notification of Change of Details of a Licensee' and submit it to the department for assessment. You will be assessed for competency within the three following areas: technical ability as a packer or non packer, financial standing and integrity.

The completed form and all supporting documentation must be sent to:

Export Meat Licencing
Food Exports Branch
Department of Agriculture
GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601

What is the assessment process?

Technical competency

A copy of your AUS-MEAT Certificate of Accreditation is acceptable proof.

Financial standing competency

In the case of a corporate identity: Provide your Australian Company Number (ACN) as requested on the application form

In the case of a partnership: Attach a copy of partnership agreement and a recent ‘audited statement of account’ to the application

In the case of an individual: Attach a copy of a recent audited ‘statement of account’ to the application.

Integrity competency

The applicant and all nominated persons listed on the application will be assessed by the department under the provisions of the AMLI Act.

How do I obtain accreditation?

Contact the standards industry body, AUS-MEAT Limited for requirements of accreditation on phone number: (07) 3247 7200

What does a licence cost?

The annual export meat licence application levy is $500. This fee does not apply where the applicant is the occupier of a registered export meat establishment and is listed by AUS-MEAT as a packer exporter.

Other references

For information on how to register as an exporter for electronic export permits.

The AMLI Act.

More information AUS-MEAT contact details are:

P.O. Box 3175
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Ph: (07) 3247 7200
Fax: (07) 3247 7222

Should more information in relation to obtaining a license for export of meat/meat products be required please contact: Phone: 02 6272 5495; Fax: 02 6272 5614; or Email: Export Meat Licensing.