Exporting from Australia

There is considerable evidence that indicates when businesses successfully develop export as part of their long-term objectives, they generally increase their growth rate and profitability more than non-exporting companies.

Exporting requires a commitment from management and all the decision makers in the company.

Exporting should be a long-term view. You will need to develop long-term relationships to establish and consolidate an export market. It is important to note that you may not see any substantial return on investment for 1-2 years. You will need to realistically assess your financial and management resources. Export Market Plans are not one line in the business plan – it is a plan in itself. Investigate the competition and the price point. You need to make sure you can be competitive and comply with the market requirements.

Export Australian made pet foods


Requires an export permit granted by the Department

To export Australian – made pet foods you require an export permit granted by the Department of Agriculture and should be certified compliant with AS5812 – Manufacturing and marketing of pet food.


Requires supplementary audits for certain markets

Exporting Australian – made pet foods requires supplementary audits for China, European Union, South Africa and Israel. These countries require manufacturers to have site audits, in some cases in addition to AS5812. These are often undertaken at the same time as the AS5812 site audit and these country-specific supplementary audits are required to gain an auditor’s recommendation that the business complies with the requirements of the listed countries.


Requires an initial site visit and audit conducted

For export to China, organisations are required to have an initial site visit and audit conducted by Chinese authorities. These inspections are undertaken by the Chinese government and include annual third-party audits. We would recommend companies considering exporting to China to contact the Department of Agriculture directly before progressing any assumed opportunity.

The PFIAA’s audit partner AUS-MEAT will receive copies of all member’s audit reports for AS5812 certification and for any country-specific export listing. Once all the documentation has been completed and the auditor recommends certification/listing, the PFIAA will issue the AS5812 certificate. If a country-specific supplementary audit for export has been successfully completed, the AS5812 certificate will include reference to the specific country. All information will be sent to the Department of Agriculture.

The Department’s responsibilities and powers are defined in the Export Control Act 2020 and associated legislation. Services provided by the Department may attract fees through the Department’s Cost Recovery Program export fees and charges.

Exporting from Australia Example

Example of exporting pet food (non-prescribed goods) to Japan


 Go to https;//www.awe.gov.au/biosecurity-trade

– Click on MICOR (You must have a login to access the required information)

– Once in MICOR, make your selection

Eg. Eggs and Non-Prescribed Goods

– Choose country – Japan – click Go

– Click on Non-Prescribed Goods

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