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Australia needs your help to protect its important agricultural industries and unique natural environment from exotic pests and diseases. By meeting quarantine requirements you will ensure the fastest clearance of containers and help Australia keep out exotic pests and diseases.

You can clear freight containers quicker by following these steps:

    Do :
  • Depending on what you are bringing into Australia you will have to meet certain import conditions. The Australian import conditions are available on the import conditions database (ICON) or from your local AQIS office. (Note: cargo and packing materials in containers are cleared through quarantine separately).
  • Have all timber used as packaging in the container treated by an Aqis approved method. If timber dunnage has been used in the loading of the containerised cargo, accredited persons must have a valid treatment certificate to satisfy AQIS clearance requirements. Timber must also be free of bark.
  • Provide AQIS with a packing declaration to facilitate clearance of containers. The packing declaration should provide details of container cleanliness and whether straw and timber have been used as packing materials. If you do not provide this information the container will have to be opened and inspected at an AQIS approved premises.
  • Use acceptable alternative packing materials such as synthetic foam, plastics, metal frames, inflated dunnage or airbag, woodwool, shredded paper, and other similar materials.
  • Be aware that serious pest and diseases exotic to Australia could be introduced into Australia on containers, cargo and packing. Thorough inspections for these pests and diseases are carried out on consignments from high risk countries.
    Do Not :
  • Do not use straw packing. It is prohibited. Straw could carry insects and diseases exotic to Australia. Containers in which straw, rice hulls or similar plant materials have been used as packing has to be unpacked at a AQIS approved premises and the straw removed for treatment or destruction at the importer's expense.
  • Do not pack your goods in fruit, vegetable, meat or egg cartons or second-hand bags. These pose a high risk because they could carry pests and diseases. These types of cartons and bags will be removed and destroyed under quarantine supervision.
  • Do not use timber with bark attached. Bark is prohibited and needs to be removed and destroyed.

Some of the most commonly imported goods that must be inspected are:
agricultural machinery, motor vehicles, bamboo and straw articles, nuts and seeds, canned meats, rice, cheese, scrap metal, foodstuffs, coffee beans, skins fruit dried or fresh, herbs and spices, stock foods plant and animal, household and personal effects, matting straw and sea grass, vegetables dried and fresh, mining equipment.

And quarantine inspection includes:

  • Unprocessed agricultural produce.
  • Timber including articles made of timber or that have timber included in the manufacture, such as footwear with wooden heels or wedges.
  • Articles of straw Goods likely to be contaminated especially with soil and animal and plant material, such as vehicles and machinery.
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