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Transporting livestock from Australia

We have obligations when loading and transporting livestock from Australia. Find out what they are and how to fulfil them.

The obligations for loading and transporting livestock from Australia are set out in the Navigation Act 2012 and designated marine orders, in particular Marine Order 43 (Cargo and cargo handling—livestock) 2006.

Marine Order 43 specifies the requirements for issue of an Australian certificate for the carriage of livestock (ACCL).

To be issued with an ACCL, all vessels need to meet the SOLAS requirements for vessels constructed on or after 31 August 1984. There are no exceptions or exemptions. This requirement commenced on 1 December 2011.

Marine Order 43 (Cargo and cargo handling—livestock) 2006 refers to the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). This standard is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Applying for an Australian certificate for the carriage of livestock

All applications for ACCLs should be submitted in accordance with Schedules 2 and 2A of Marine Order 43, and sent to livestock@amsa.gov.au.

Last updated: 10 November 2017
Last reviewed: 10 November 2017