Storing animal products for export
If your business stores animal products that will be exported, find out about the food safety requirements that apply to you.
Overview of requirements
If you store animal products for export (including dairy products), and those products are for human or animal consumption, you must:
- register with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) – or use the services of a registered exporter
- meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999
- be familiar with the cold and dry stores code of practice, or industry standards
- develop and operate under an approved risk management programme (RMP) – if required
- comply with all requirements of the country you are exporting to.
Register as an exporter
If you're exporting as a business, you must register with MPI – or you can use the services of a registered exporter.
Meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act
Cold and dry storage of animal products is classified as "secondary processing" under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999. The Code of Practice for cold and dry stores helps storage operators meet the requirements of the APA.
You can find the Code of Practice for cold and dry stores on this page:
If you only store meat or meat products
If you only store meat or meat products, you can refer to the industry standard for storing and transporting meat:
Industry standard 9: Storage and transport [PDF, 79 KB]
Find out if you need an RMP
You need to operate under an RMP if you store:
- dairy products, if those products:
- will be exported – anywhere other than Australia, and
- are intended for human or animal consumption
- animal products other than dairy products, if those products:
- will be exported, and
- need an official assurance (export certificate).
Find out whether a product needs an official assurance
If you're not sure whether your animal product needs an official assurance, you can use our online search to find out:
These notices have more information about the requirements relating to official assurances:
Prepare your risk management programme
If you need a risk management programme, the Code of Practice for cold and dry stores can help you to prepare one:
Your RMP also needs to be verified. This must be done by an MPI-recognised RMP verifier.
Meet destination country requirements
The country where the product is being sold may also have storage requirements that apply to you. You can find these in the Overseas market access requirements (OMARs) for each commodity and country, or you can ask your exporting agent.
Who to contact
If you have questions about: