What Is A Manufacturer’s Declaration? [With Template]

The Manufacturer’s Declaration is a document prepared by manufacturers providing relevant information about the products they have produced. A manufacturer’s declaration may be required to accompany goods when being imported into a country for inspection by customs authorities.

Declarations typically include information such as whether the goods are hazardous or toxic, but also more general information such as what materials those goods contain.


Manufacturers’ declarations have two primary purposes. The first is to facilitate the movement of goods in and out of a country, providing critical information about the goods so that imports can be customs cleared with ease. Customs authorities are also able to simply review the manufacturer’s declaration, rather than physically inspect goods (reducing costs and the potential inspection charges).

The second and more important purpose is to ensure the security of animal, human and plant health when importing foreign goods into Australia. The document aims to manage the biosecurity risk of importing products, as such declarations inform customs authorities if the goods are of animal origin or contain materials that create a biosecurity risk.


Not all Manufacturer’s Declarations are exactly the same. They typically begin with the Bill of Lading number, followed by a declaration that the products are non-hazardous, non-toxic and/or non-infectious. It may also confirm if a product is new or has not been tested or trialed.

The document will typically detail:

  • The origin of the goods, which may, for example, be of synthetic or animal origin;
  • A description of how the goods are packed, such as the type of packaging;
  • The number of items in the package;
  • The volume of each items; and
  • The contact details of the shipper.

It should also confirm that the goods comply with any specific local regulations pertaining to the importation of those goods. For example, goods imported into New South Wales may need to comply with certain provisions of the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 (NSW) or one of the many determinations made under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (NSW).

The document should be signed by the person completing the declaration, followed by a printed name, position and the date of issue.

Manufacturer’s Declaration Sample

When do I Need a Manufacturer’s Declaration

The Manufacturer’s Declaration is usually required when importing products of a certain nature into Australia, particularly in relation to food products or perishable cargo.

If you are importing into Australia, contact the friendly ICE team and provide details of your commodity to confirm if a Manufacturer’s Declaration is required.

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