Health Certification for Imported Prawns

DAWR issues list of overseas trading partners who can supply health certificates that meet Australia’s new import conditions for cooked prawns.

This week the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) issued Notice 164-2018, listing countries that have advised they can supply updated health certification that meets Australia’s new import conditions for par-cooked breaded, battered and crumbed (BBC) prawns.This notice is of interest to all importers of prawns and prawn meat products and associated industry participants and retailers.

All BBC prawns imported into Australia on or after 28 September 2018must comply with the new import conditions outlined in Biosecurity Advice 2018-15.

DAWR will only permit the import of par-cooked BBC prawns under the new conditions where:

  • Importers hold a valid import permit for the product; and
  • Imported consignments are accompanied by official government health certification that meets the new par-cooked import conditions. 

To date, the following trading partners have advised that they can supply health certificates that meet the new par-cooked BBC prawns to Australia:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Importers are responsible for ensuring that health certification meets Australia’s import conditions. Importers seeking assurance their health certification meets the new import conditions can supply a copy to DAWR Imports for assessment and advice prior to the goods being sent to Australia.

BBC prawns that arrive with incorrect health certification will not be permitted entry and must be re-exported or destroyed.

DAWR will provide further Industry Advice Notices when the Competent Authorities of additional countries confirm that they can meet Australia’s new import conditions for par cooked BBC prawns.


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