16 April 2007
Recently import permits were submitted to AQIS containing unauthorised alterations. The alterations involved the deletion of part of the import condition. Exporters are advised to carefully scrutinise import permits to ensure their validity and integrity prior to submitting the permit to an AQIS officer. This will enable the “Authorised Officer” to verify compliance with the import permit conditions and avoid possible delays in the clearance of export consignments.
If import permits are found to be inconsistent with importing country requirements or contain amendments that may appear not to be officially authorised, the import permit will be referred to the importing country’s National Plant Protection Organisation for verification of its integrity. The acceptance of the import permit by AQIS will be withheld pending receipt of official advice validating any questionable amendments.
Exporters are reminded that import permits should be presented to AQIS:
- In a timely manner prior to the export inspection
- Clearly legible, (Note: that if the import permit is not in English it may require an “Official translation”)
- Complete with all relevant attachments and no omissions
- Current, numbered and valid with no unauthorised alterations.
Any exporter who is unsure of the validity of the import permit they have received should contact their regional AQIS office for clarification. Presentation of invalid import permits may result further investigation to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and Australia’s international obligations in relation to phytosanitary certification.
Grain, Plant & Plant Product Exports