Changes in Export Conditions to EU

There are changes to export certification & conditions to the European Union (EU) for fishery products; plants and plant products; honey and other edible apiculture products.


The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has issued Industry Advice Notices (IANs) covering changes that will take place as from
14th December 2019 in three major export categories, for goods destined for the European Union (EU).

IAN 2019-57 (dated 27th November) covers Plant Export Operations:

From 14 December, all plants and plant products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate to enter into the EU, unless they are listed as exempted in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2031.

  • The following species of seed for sowing produced on or after 14 December 2019 must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with a revised additional declaration before permitted entry into the EU:
    • Medicago sativa
    • Oryza sativa
    • Capsicum annuum
    • Solanum lycopersicum
    • Pisum sativum
    • Vicia faba
    • Allium porrum
    • Phaseolus coccineus
    • Phaseolus vulgaris
    • Allium cepa
    • Linum usitatissimum 
    • Glycine max
    • Helianthus annuus

Exporters should contact the DoA to request a phytosanitary certificate for their consignment.

Notice ref. MAA2019-08 (dated 26th November) covers honey and other edible apiculture products:

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/628, published 8 April 2019, implements changes to export certificates for honey and other edible apiculture products. Regulation 2019/628 does not implement any new eligibility requirements for Australian honey and edible apiculture products exported to the EU.

The EU has granted a transitional period.  Certificates which are completed and signed up to and including 13 December, will be accepted up to 13 March 2020.  New certificates will need to be used from 14 December 2019. The Department of Agriculture is in the process of updating the affected EU certificates in response to the new regulation.  The new regulation shall come into force on 14 December 2019. Certificates will be updated systematically, with priority decided based on history of trade.

Reference Number: MAA2019-07 (dated 26th November) covers fishery products

This advises of changes to export certification requirements for fishery products, including finfish, bivalve molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods exported to the European Union (EU). Fishery products exported to the EU, from 14 December 2019 onwards are required to be accompanied by new export certification.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/628, published 8 April 2019, implements changes to export certificates for fishery products. Regulation 2019/628 does not implement any new eligibility requirements for Australian fish products to the EU. The EU has granted a transitional period.  Certificates which are completed and signed up to and including 13 December, will be accepted up to 13 March 2020.  New certificates will need to be used from 14 December 2019.

The Department of Agriculture is in the process of updating the affected EU certificates in response to the new regulation.  The new regulation shall come into force on 14 December 2019. Certificates will be updated systematically, with priority decided based upon history of trade.

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