International trade is an important part of the Australian seafood industry.
Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industry is a minor global player, producing less than 0.2 per cent of global fisheries and aquaculture supply. However, the industry exports a range of high unit value fisheries and aquaculture products, with an estimated production value of $1.3 billion (or 46 per cent of total fisheries value) exported in 2013–14. Comparitively the total value of Australian imports of fisheries and aquaculture products was $2 billion.
Australian fisheries export a range of high unit value products, with export earnings accounting for 46 per cent of the total production value in 2013–14. Japan was the major export destination for Australian fisheries and aquaculture products until 2004–05. Since then, exports of Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture products to Japan have declined and the pattern of Australian fisheries and aquaculture exports has shifted towards the Hong Kong, China and Vietnam region.
Exporting from Australia
Efficient regulation of exports is the cornerstone of Australia’s reputation as an excellent source of reliable agricultural exports. The department’s responsibilities and powers are defined in the Export Control Act 1982 and associated legislation. We recover the cost of providing export services through .
Manual of Importing Country Requirements
This website sets out the requirements that exporters and the Department of Agriculture must meet for products and commodities to be accepted for import into specific overseas countries. MICoR is updated when there is a change to an importing country's requirements.
Exporters and Department of Agriculture staff can use MICoR to find out importing country requirements. In addition to complying with importing country requirements, exporters must also comply with the requirements of the Export Control Act and associated Orders when exporting commodities from Australia. Visit .
Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG)
The Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG) was initially established by Abalone and Rock lobster exporters, in conjunction with the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, to advocate for the liberalisation and development of direct trade between Australia and China and address other trade and market related issues. The group now acts as a conduit between industry and government on Trade and Market access issues in relation to all major markets into which Australian wild caught Abalone and Lobster are exported and potential export markets.
SafeFish provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade. It does this by bringing together experts in food safety and hygiene to work with the industry and regulators to agree and prioritise technical issues impacting on free and fair market access for Australian seafood.
Australian Seafood Trade Statistics Databases
Annual trade data, updated monthly is now available and provides a snapshot of seafood export and imports. The FRDC is also looking at launching a similar dashboard for domestic market data.