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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/ QUARANTINE

Department of Agriculture/ Quarantine

formally known as DAFF / AQIS

When importing goods into Australia, we have very strict rules on what you can import so there are no biosecurity risks.

Quarantine have established an easy to search tool called BICON if you CLICK HERE you can type in the goods you are importing and see what is required to bring these into the country.

For all Seafreight shipments a packing declaration is required, these can be found if you CLICK HERE to take you directly to the Department of Agriculture's website for the packing declarations being 

Acceptable documentation templates

Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non commodity information requirements policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.

UNACCEPTABLE PACKAGING MATERIAL STATEMENT

(Packaging material such as straw, bamboo, peat, hay, chaff, used fruit & vegetable cartons are not permitted)

Q1

Have unacceptable packaging materials or bamboo products been used as packaging or dunnage in the consignment covered by this document?

A1

YES

NO

​​​​​​​​​To assist clients in meeting the requirements of the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy, the department has created the following templates that can be downloaded and adapted to meet individual company/consignment requirements.​

Examples include:​​​ NEW PACKING DECLARATION FORMS BELOW

If you experience any trouble accessing the above files, a copy can be obtained from Compliance Assessment and Management​.

​How to import goods to Australia

​​Before you import

Before you import goods to Australia, it is important that you understand your responsibilities as an importer and the import conditions that may apply to your goods. Complying with these requirements can reduce costly delays and help keep biosecurity risks offshore.

See what import conditions apply to your goods.

Preparing for import

Before your goods leave the country of export, they should be packaged and treated to meet Australia’s import requirements. There are a number of steps to follow to make sure your goods are cleared with minimal delay.

Find out how to prepare your goods and packaging for import.

Sending your goods to Australia

When planning to import cargo, you will need to ensure that the airport or seaport of first arrival is approved to land your cargo.

You are also required to provide information to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and to the Department of Immigration and Border Protectionabout your goods.

Plan an arrival destination and documentation for your goods.

Arrival of goods in Australia

Inspection of containers is conducted on a risk-based approach, focusing on pathways that the department has assessed to be higher risk pathways for pests and diseases.

Goods arriving from high risk ports or destined for unpack in rural areas required increased inspection.

Check if your goods or containers will have to be inspected.

Clearance and inspection of goods

The department will issue the importer with a directive that goods are released from biosecurity control or if any actions are required; for example inspection, treatment, isolation, hold pending further information or insect identification. Third parties who have entered into arrangements with the department supply biosecurity services to importers of goods when they arrive in Australia.

Learn more about inspection and treatment processes.


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