Importing cut flowers and foliage

​Notice to the cut flower importing industry

As part of the Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper measures, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has completed a review of import conditions for cut flowers.

Read more about importing cut flowers safely into Australia and how highest threats are managed.  

To import cut flowers and foliage to Australia, you will not usually need an import permit however you must comply with conditions set by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. These conditions are designed to prevent the transport of insects, plant diseases, and other biosecurity risk material into Australia.

Before you bring or import cut flowers and foliage to Australia, make sure that you comply with all conditions relating to that product.

All cut flowers and foliage are inspected on arrival in Australia to check that they comply with the department’s import conditions and to determine whether further treatment or destruction of the goods is required.

Import conditions

The department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) details the conditions for the importation of fresh cut flowers and foliage, including:

  • permitted species from each country of origin
  • packaging requirements
  • special arrangements for foliage imported for Jewish festivals
  • restrictions on and additional treatments for propagatable species, including devitalisation.

Details of the devitalisation process can be found in the Imported cut flower devitalisation treatment guide.

Note: Different import conditions apply to the importation of dried or preserved cut flowers and foliage.

Non–commercial (personal) use

Passengers arriving on aircraft or cruise ships can bring fresh cut flowers into Australia, but they must meet all conditions for the importation of cut flowers and foliage as detailed in BICON.

Flowers or foliage from the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Mexico or the USA will be directed for fumigation treatment on arrival in Australia. Additionally, flowers and foliage may also need to be treated, or destroyed, if they are:

  • not listed as a permitted species from a particular country
  • found to contain pests or diseases.

Quantity of flowers permitted for personal use is limited to the equivalent of six:

  • small (shoebox-sized) boxes
  • florist packages
  • bouquets.

You must declare all flowers and foliage on your incoming passenger card so that they can be inspected on arrival.

Commercial use

All commercial consignments of cut flowers or foliage are fumigated on arrival, unless they are imported under an overseas accreditation scheme or qualify for fumigation exemption.

Commercial importers may be eligible for these schemes depending on:

  • species and country of origin of their goods
  • their history of compliance.

Find out about the department’s requirements and exemptions for the treatment of cut flowers and foliage imported to Australia.

There is no limit on the amount of cut flowers and foliage that can be imported for commercial use.

Check BICON for the requirements you need to meet in order to import fresh cut flowers and foliage into Australia.