Exporting Livestock Australia

To export livestock, licensed exporters must have an approved arrangement (or an exemption) and if exporting feeder/slaughter animals, have an approved exporter supply chain assurance system (ESCAS). Exporters must also submit a Notice of Intention (NoI) and other export documentation in line with the exporter’s approved arrangement, regulatory and importing country requirements for each consignment.

Approved arrangements

An approved arrangement is an agreement between the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and a livestock exporter that allows for a streamlined export certification process. Approved arrangements reduce unnecessary regulation and costs for compliant exporters by streamlining the export certification process. They reduce duplication and move to a risk-based approach, improving timeframes for consignment approval and cutting down on re-checking every detail of every consignment. It brings the live animal export industry into alignment with other export commodities, including meat, dairy, fish and eggs.

The arrangement is based on an approved manual that describes the processes and practices an exporter will follow to ensure they meet Australian Government requirements for the certification of livestock for export, including:

  • the Australian standards for the export of livestock (ASEL)
  • importing country requirements
  • other legislative requirements.

Approved arrangements only apply to on-shore activities conducted within Australia’s territory and does not change existing Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) requirements in any way.

All livestock exporters need an approved arrangement to export from 1 January 2017 unless they have been granted a small and infrequent exporter exemption.

Supporting material has been prepared to assist exporters in ‘Obtaining an approved arrangement’.

Approved arrangement variations

Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS)

ESCAS is an assurance system based on four principles:

  1. Animal welfare: animal handling and slaughter in the importing country conforms to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) animal welfare recommendations
  2. Control through the supply chain: the exporter has control of all supply chain arrangements for livestock transport, management and slaughter. All livestock remain in the supply chain
  3. Traceability through the supply chain: the exporter can trace all livestock through the supply chain
  4. Independent audit: the supply chain in the importing country is independently audited.

Exporters are required to have an ESCAS in place for all feeder and slaughter livestock. ESCAS does not apply to export of breeder livestock. In order for the department to consider a NOI for approval, exporters must have an approved ESCAS in place for the relevant market.

Recent ESCAS performance reports can be found on the department’s website.

ESCAS variations

NOIs and other export documentation

NOI submission

Other export documentation including import permits

TRACE support email contact

Email: TRACE

If not using TRACE, exporters should email their NOI submissions to Live Stock Exports, or mail it to:

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Live Animal Export Program
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6272 4581
Fax: +61 2 6272 5423


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