Export Documentation

Export documentation is required under various legislation that applies to Australian seafood exporters. These requirements and legislation are changed from time to time. Some markets have additional importing requirements that must be complied with; these can be product specific.

Biosecurity Australia manages the Export Control Act 2020 (Act). Specific requirements relating to Seafood exporters are detailed in the Export Controls (Fish and Fish Products) Rules 2021.

Australian Export Documentation

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)

Australian Boarder Force

Find out the types of exports and when exports have to be declared. Discover the rules around moving, altering or interfering with export goods.


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Importing Country requirements


Micor (Fish) sets out the known importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met to gain market access.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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I want to quickly verify market information to ensure I’m on the right track

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Other Sources of Information

International regulations change regularly, often without notice. It is important to verify importing country requirements via a range of sources, including:

Your freight forwarders

Freight forwarders are also a great source of information and are very knowledgeable about international shipment details that shouldn’t be overlooked and can help confirm what you know and don’t know about the destination country.

Your importer

Your importer is uniquely positioned to stay up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations. They are experts in the field, after all. Working with your importer reduces the risk that your product will not be cleared.

Your customs broker

A customs broker is necessary if your business is in it for the long haul. It’s pointless to spend time and money learning the import regulations for a particular country only to have the rules change the following year.