Please carefully read the following information as Australian Border Agencies have increased regulation surrounding imports in 2018.
Department of Agriculture/Quarantine Changes:
Illegal Logging Declaration:
For imports that contain wood or paper products, we must answer on your behalf:
“HAS THE IMPORTER COMPLIED WITH THE DUE DILIGENCE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ILLEGAL LOGGING PROHIBITION ACT 2012 AND ASSOCIATED REGULATIONS?”
In order to answer “YES” to this question we require you to complete an illegal logging declaration.
From 1st January 2018 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources can fine importers that are not complying with the due diligence requirements in the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulations.
More information is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/policies/illegal-logging
New Packing Declarations:
The Department of Agriculture has updated the format of packing declarations to now include bamboo. The current format will continue to be accepted until June 2018.
Please contact our team for updated templates for your perusal.
Changes to Fumigation Requirements and Storage Declarations:
The timeframe for fumigation has changed to allow goods to be treated up to 6 months prior to shipping in some cases. As a result, Quarantine now need a storage declaration to cover goods that have been treated prior to containerisation or where there is a period of time between treatment and export of the container.
Increased Inspections for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs ex Italy:
Current shipments of new and used vehicles, vessels, machinery and large machinery parts from Italy and USA are the primary target for mandatory inspection and treatment for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (season is 1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018 inclusive). Shipments ex Italy are being found infested and as a result Quarantine are increasing their monitoring and inspections of goods arriving in Australia from Italy.
Importers and suppliers of Breakbulk, FCL and FCX shipments of risk material from the US and Italy, must be fumigated prior to shipment. Otherwise these will require mandatory treatment in Australia.
More information is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/04-2018
Increased monitoring and prevention of Asbestos entering Australia:
A recent Government report on “Asbestos in goods entering Australia” indicates that there must be further increases in Customs monitoring this issue. It is critical that importers raise any concerns surrounding asbestos with relevant parties in their supply chain.
Please be aware that these concerns are increasingly affecting a broader range of products including hardware product (screws, nuts, bolts), building materials, electrical cables, metal items, as well as brake pads and linings, clutches, vehicles and vehicle parts.
Should you have any questions regarding this please contact your ICE team member on 1300 CARGO1.