The Australian Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have entered into a bilateral arrangement that allows green sawn timber produced under the Canadian Green Sawn Wood Certification Program (CGSWCP) to be imported into Australia. The CGSWCP is a replacement for the Canadian Accredited Timber Scheme (CATS). The CGSWCP covers both containerised and break-bulk consignments of green sawn timber.
The CGSWCP is a systems approach that mitigates the risk of forest and timber pests being present in green sawn timber. Green sawn timber arriving with the appropriate CGSWCP certification and meeting all other import conditions in BICON will not need further commodity-based biosecurity intervention onshore in Australia.
When lodging entries under the CGSWCP, Customs Brokers will need to add an AEI code (AQIS Entity Identifier) identifying the accredited mill that produced the sawn green timber. These codes allow tracing of the consignments for reporting purposes stipulated under the bilateral arrangement. The AEI codes are available in the appendices of the relevant timber BICON cases.
Importers and brokers should review the relevant timber BICON cases for specific import conditions and certification requirements.
To become a registered sawmill under the CGSWCP, please refer to D-17-04: Canadian Green Sawn Wood Certification Program available from the CFIA website.
For further information about the CGSWCP, please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or by emailing Imports.