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Customs, quarantine and sanctions

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for exporters

  • You may be eligible for Trade and Investment Queensland's Market Ready initiative if your business has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The initiative includes:
    • advice on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market
    • brand development support for exporters entering new markets
    • China market development forums.
  • The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme funding has increased, allowing exporters and small- and medium-sized businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.
  • A new Export Capital Facility will provide loans to eligible exporters who are unable to gain finance from commercial sources due to COVID-19.
  • Export Finance Australia will assist its existing customers through access to credit and financial relief.


Laws and government policies control the export of goods from Australia to:

  • prohibit the export of certain goods either absolutely or conditionally
  • adequately record Australia's international trade.

Visit the Australian Border Force website for more information.


The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment regulates the export of food, live animals, animal products, fish, aquatic products, plants and grains.

Find out about the quarantine controls that apply to your exports by searching the Australian Government's Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) database for:

If you intend to export meat, dairy, fish, horticulture, grain, wool, skin or hide products, you need to register as an exporter with the Export Documentation (EXDOC) system.


Find out whether your export activity complies with government sanctions and regulations.