Produce labelled as Organic or Biodynamic are Prescribed Goods under the new Export Control Act (2020). This means that to legally export agricultural produce with reference to organic or biodynamic status in the labeling or corresponding documentation, each consignment needs to be approved for export by a government approved organic certification body (CB). There is a specific form known as an Organic (Export) Produce Certificate, which must be sent with each consignment of organic or biodynamic produce.
Improved agricultural export legislation
Australia’s new legal framework for agricultural exports commenced on Sunday 28 March 2021 at 3 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
The new export legislation incudes:
- The Export Control Act 2020
- The Export Control Rules 2021
- The Export Control (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2020
View more information on the DAWE website here: agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/improved-export-legislation
In addition to meeting the legal requirements for organic produce leaving Australia, exporters must also be aware of relevant importing country requirements.
Unfortunately, at this stage, the importing country requirements relevant to organic produce claims are not included in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR). For this reason, and for your information, below is a list of important export markets and a summary of the relevant requirements we are aware of. This list is not exhaustive and may change without notice, so please also check directly with your certification body well in advance of sending organic produce overseas.