The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manages 8 Japan quotas including edible bovine offal. These quotas were put in place by the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).
Australian exporters can export specific quantities of edible bovine offal products at reduced tariff rates through this quota.
- Quotas are issued on a first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis with the quota year running in line with the Japanese financial year: 1 April to 31 March.
- Bovine offal is administered on a quarterly basis.
- The amount of quota available changes annually for edible bovine offal (check out the total volume of quota agreed on all Japan quotas until 2024).
- Tariff rate cuts vary depending on the product.
Changes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership
On 31 October 2018, Australia ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Among the main outcomes for Australian exporters are accelerated reductions on Japanese import tariffs.
By the year 2024 all products under the bovine offal quota will have a more favourable tariff-rate under the TPP. Once a product has a more favourable tariff-rate the department will no longer issue quota for that product.
See table outlining quota changes under the
As tongues and internal organs have a more favourable tariff-rate from Year 1 (30 Dec 2018 – 31 March 2019), the department will cease issuing quota for these products as of 21 December 2018. As all shipments from this date should arrive in Japan on or after 1 January 2019.
Any queries can be directed the
Key dates to remember
10 March—Department accepts applications for the new quota year
1 April—New quota year commences
10 June—Department accepts applications for the next quarter (Second quarter commences 1 July)
10 September— Department accepts applications for the next quarter (Third quarter commences 1 October)
10 December— Department accepts applications for the next quarter (Fourth quarter commences 1 January)
31 March—Quota year ends
Current quota usage
Apply for a JAEPA quota certificate for bovine offal
To apply for a quota certificate for a consignment of bovine offal, you must
lodge a request for permit (RFP) through the department’s electronic documentation system, EXDOC.
The RFP must include your correct email address, correct AHECC codes and the quota indicator must be ticked. You can update your details by contacting the EXDOC Help Desk.
To complete the RFP you may need to refer to the
eligible AHECC codes.
When the RFP reaches ‘complete’ status on EXDOC, the data will go through to the Quota Unit on the next business day. Once the application is approved, the Quota Unit will email the quota certificate directly to you.
If a quota certificate needs to be altered, you must notify the Quota Unit. A new quota certificate will be required if there is a change to the exporter, importer, product type or quantity of product. The original certificate will be cancelled and a new certificate will be issued and emailed to you.
You may need information about the FCFS quarterly allocation system, the Year 3 arrangements and tariff-free bovine offal products, which can be found on this page.
The quarterly allocation system for bovine offal
As bovine offal is a popular quota, the department uses a quarterly allocation mechanism to help facilitate year-round trade into Japan and ensure quota is still available at the end of the quota year. This approach has the support of the Australian Meat Industry Council.
Quota can be applied for on a FCFS basis.
Year 6 arrangements
We are currently in Year 6 (1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) of JAEPA.
The edible bovine offal quota for Year 6 is 4,750 tonnes quarterly. The 4,750 tonnes will be allocated on a FCFS basis until it is filled each quarter. The current quarters, their application dates and the amount of quota available per quarter are:
| Quarter||Applications for quarter accepted||Time||Quota available (tonnes)|
|1||10 March||1 April–30 June||4,750|
|2||10 June||1 July–30 September||4,750|
|3||10 September||1 October–31 December||4,750|
|4||10 December||1 January–31 March||4,750|
When quota for the quarter is filled, the quota will be closed and no further applications will be accepted for that quarter. Applications for the next quarter will open 3 weeks prior to the new quarter commencing. This is to allow for shipping time to Japan.
To ensure the quarterly allocation system runs effectively, any RFPs that go to ‘complete’ after quota is filled for the quarter will not receive quota or be eligible for the following quarterly allocation.
The quota filled for the first quarter on 3 June.
- Company X has an RFP which goes to ‘complete’ on 6 June. Company X is considered to have applied while the quota is closed and therefore will not be issued a quota certificate.
- Given there is no quota available for the quarter, this product cannot receive a tariff reduction and the shipment will be subject to full tariff rates.
- To avoid this situation, Company X could check the website, and regularly check their email to see that quota was running low for the quarter. Company X would then have been aware that the chances of getting quota were slim and could adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Products which are not quota-eligible
There are a number of offal products which do not qualify for quota. Japanese authorities have advised that some bovine offal products can enter Japan tariff-free and do not need a quota certificate.
Tongues and internal organs can enter japan at a lower tariff-rate under the Trans-Pacific Partnership as of 30 December 2018.
Tripe, intestines and rumen pillars can enter Japan at a zero tariff-rate under the applicable 0504xxxx AHECC code.
Animal fat (unattached to meat) is not included under quota and should be entered into EXDOC using the relevant 15xxxxxx AHECC code.
Animal blood is not included under quota and should be entered into EXDOC using the relevant 0511xxxx or 3002xxxx AHECC code.
Additionally, meat and meat offal that is not fit for human consumption is not eligible for quota to Japan (0511xxxx AHECC code).
Historical quota usage
Background to JAEPA
JAEPA eliminates or reduces barriers to trade in goods between Japan and Australia. JAEPA entered into force on 15 January 2015. More information on the broader outcomes of the agreement can be found on the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website.
The Quota Unit collects and manages the data presented on this website for commercial and government use. The data comes from the request for permits (RFPs) received by the department.
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For queries or assistance with the JAEPA bovine offal quota, contact the Quota Unit:
Phone: 02 6272 4068