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.

Register as an 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:

Documents, guidance, and registers for cold and dry stores

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:

Overseas market access requirements (OMARs) search

These notices have more information about the requirements relating to official assurances:

Animal products notice: Official assurances – Specifications for dairy material and dairy products [PDF, 537 KB]

Animal products notice: Official assurances – Specifications for animal material and animal products [PDF, 676 KB]

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:

Find the Code of Practice in the documents, guidance, and lists for cold and dry stores  

Find out more about risk management programmes

Your RMP also needs to be verified. This must be done by an MPI-recognised RMP verifier.

Find an RMP verifier on our register

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.

Search OMARs by country/market: Animal products, wine, and organics

Who to contact

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