U.S. suppliers should be aware of Australia’s rules and procedures regulating the packaging, labeling, ingredients, marketing, sale, general weights, and measures of specific products.
In general, goods imported in the packages in which they are customarily sold or offered for sale need to be marked with a true description of the goods and the country in which the goods were made. The trade description needs to be applied to the packages in prominent and legible characters. Any additional information applied and/or labeled on the packages must be true and may not contradict or obscure the information required as part of the trade description.
The quantity of a commodity sold in a package must be truly stated on the main display panel of the package, in units of the metric system. The word “net” should always be used when expressing quantity in mass.
The joint Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code requires all packaged food to be labeled with nutritional information on how much fat, protein, energy, carbohydrates, and salt is in the product. Labels must also show the percentage of key ingredients and all of the main ingredients that may cause allergies.
Information on the Food Standards Code (and a nutritional panel example) can be viewed on the website of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Detailed guidance is also available in the Food & Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report from the Office of the Agricultural Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Canberra, Australia, which updates this report each year.
Before shipping any product, U.S. exporters should ask their Australian importer to ensure that their products comply with Australian Federal and state government labeling regulations.