Notice - Notification of WTO Members: Australia's importing country requirements for phytosanitary certificates from 1 May 2023

WTO code G/SPS/N/AUS/558/Add.2
Date notice 16/05/2023
Notice type Regular
Title Australia's importing country requirements for phytosanitary certificates from 1 May 2023

This notice provides further information to G/SPS/N/AUS/558 by clarifying Australia's importing country requirements for phytosanitary certificates that have been electronically stamped/signed and where they include a QR code or weblink to enable online verification of the document. Australia accepts the following formats of phytosanitary certificates:

1. Original, and certified copies, of phytosanitary certificates (paper or pdf) issued by trading partners that have been dated, stamped and signed. Phytosanitary certificates that do not have a pen-inked signature, printed signature, wet stamp or printed stamp must meet all of the below criteria:

a. A stamp or logo on the document of the exporting NPPO;

b. An electronic signature and/or a statement from the exporting authority that the phytosanitary certificate is electronically signed/approved;

c. A QR code or weblink to enable online verification of the document.

2. Electronic certificates delivered via an agreed, secure government-to-government digital exchange, known as electronic certification or ePhyto/eCert. As of May 2023, Australia currently only has such an arrangement with New Zealand for use in import clearance.

Australia supports the move to electronic certification (ePhyto/eCert) and paperless trade in import clearance. Electronic certification offers assessment efficiencies, improved security and assurance of the validity of documentation when issued via government-to-government electronic exchange.

Countries wishing to send ePhytos/eCerts to Australia are encouraged to contact the department via the Australian IPPC contact point ( to ensure the necessary systems are in place prior to commencing paperless trade.

Paper certification continues to be required until paperless trade is bilaterally negotiated between Australia and the exporting NPPO.

Details are available on the department's website:

This addendum concerns: Modification of content and/or scope of previously notified draft regulation

Country Australia

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Orther Notice:

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