In a recent development, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued a reminder to local exporters of dairy products, urging them to familiarize themselves with Australia's updated regulations to ensure compliance and sustained market access.
According to the advisory, Australia revised its import regulations for dairy in November of the previous year. Notably, products containing less than 10 percent dairy content no longer require approval from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry.
The DTI clarified that while formal approval is no longer necessary for such products, biosecurity compliance demands a manufacturer's declaration or a food product label explicitly stating that the dairy content is less than 10 percent by dry weight (excluding added water).
The Philippines, having exported $56,000 worth of dairy products to Australia in 2022, equivalent to about P3 million, stands to benefit from these revised regulations.
In a separate advisory, the DTI highlighted recent developments from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) regarding the registration and listing of cosmetic product facilities and products entering the United States.
Under the new rules, every individual owning or operating a facility engaged in the manufacturing or processing of cosmetic products intended for distribution in the US is required to register each facility with the US FDA. Additionally, for each cosmetic product, the responsible person must submit a cosmetic product listing to the US FDA.
The DTI emphasized that facilities are obligated to renew their registrations every two years to maintain compliance with the outlined regulations.
These updates from both Australia and the United States mark important shifts in trade regulations, creating opportunities for streamlined processes and increased market access for Philippine exporters. The DTI encourages local businesses to stay informed and adapt to these evolving international trade dynamics for enhanced competitiveness and growth.