References to 'Scheme'
Amended to align with Biosecurity Act
Removed section of policy
Added Consultation section to end of the document under 9.5
This section was added to the last version to clarify that industry had been consulted on the large changes that were made. No longer needed
Definitions - Marks and Numbers
Batch numbers, serial numbers or other codes (may include company names and addresses) on the goods or packaging of goods, which enable them to be identified.
Batch numbers, serial numbers or other consignment specific codes on the goods or packaging of goods, which enable them to be identified.
Amended to clarify the requirement
4.3.1 - Electronic lodgement via the eCert system
Where the department has an agreed arrangement with a foreign government that allows for government certification to be received using a secure government-to-government system transfer such as eCert, the physical document is not required to be presented for processing
Where the department has an agreed arrangement with a foreign government that allows for government certification to be received using a secure government-to-government system transfer such as eCert, the physical document is not required to be presented to the department.
Amended to clarify that the department does not need to receive a physical copy of the certificate.
4.5.1 - Documentation requirement for a declaration/notice of intent to export
Addition of: •Product and variety
• a declaration of compliance with Australia’s import conditions
• printed name and signature of biosecurity officer and date of inspection
Removal of: Departmental stamp requirements
Amended to align with Notice of Intention requirements outlined in 72-2016 - Cessation of departmental stamps from 1 August 2016
4.6.3 - Annual Packing Declaration requirements
Annual packing declarations are valid for 12 months from the date of issue by the packer and must be valid at the time the import declaration is assessed by a biosecurity officer or assessed and lodged by the customs broker.
Annual packing declarations are valid for 12 months from the date of issue by the packer/supplier and must be valid at the time the shipping container is exported.
Amended to allow Annual packing declarations to be used for goods packed and exported prior to the date of expiry
4.7.6 - Information requirements by treatment type
• duration/exposure period; for example, hours or minutes
Amended to align with import conditions
6.5 - Declaring the AQIS entity identifier (AEI)
The AQIS entity identifier must be declared for all FIDs that have an accompanying AFAS treatment certificate. This can be declared using the AEI field in the ICS or in the customs broker’s third party software by selecting the appropriate AEI or AEIs from the list provided, ensuring that the company name in the second column matches the company name on the certificate. Offshore Methyl Bromide treatment provider's list webpage.
The AQIS entity identifier must be declared for all FID/SCL consignments that:
- have an accompanying AFAS methyl bromide treatment certificate.
- have an accompanying non AFAS methyl bromide treatment certificate
- have an accompanying offshore irradiation treatment providers scheme treatment certificate
- are required to enter data in the field by other departmental arrangements
AEI details can be entered directly into the AEI field in the ICS or in the customs broker’s third party software by selecting the appropriate AEI or AEIs from the list provided, ensuring that the company name in the second column matches the company name on the certificate.
Complete details on how to enter AEI details can be found on the Offshore Methyl Bromide treatment provider's list webpage.
Amended to clarify AEI requirements and align with import conditions
6.7 – Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
VIN/unique identifiers must be entered in the VIN field of the ICS for the following commodities:
new and used non-passenger vehicles
used passenger vehicles
Added to align with Import conditions
8.1 – Answering IFIS Community protection (CP) profile questions
Where the department identifies that a customs broker or importer is lodging incorrect information in a FID or answering the Imported Food Inspection Scheme Lodgement Questions incorrectly, this will be viewed as a noncompliance and the details will be recorded. The customs broker, importer and consignment details may also be referred to the department's Enforcement area for further action.
For further information about Imported Food Inspection Scheme lodgement questions please refer to the departments website - Lodging import declarations and documentation
Clarify the departments requirements for accurate information
9.1 Declaring the date of export
BICON stipulates that goods treated offshore are exported from the country of origin/manufacture within 21 days of treatment. In some instances BICON will state an alternate period (such as 90 days).
Import conditions for certain classes of goods stipulate that offshore treatments must have been conducted in the country of origin/manufacture within a specified time period prior to export
Allow the section to be used broadly across multiple BICON cases
9.1 Declaring the date of export
when a consignment is lodged with the freight forwarder, shipping company/airline, charter operator or an appointed agent in the country of origin, for ultimate destination in Australia either:
container tracking evidence from the shipping company’s website
Allow evidence such as screen shots from a shipping company’s website to be used as evidence of the date the container was shipped on board the vessel