13 January 2021
Who does this notice affect?
This notice is of interest to importers (and their customs brokers) of the following apiaceous seed species (including their synonyms and sub-ordinate taxa) imported for human consumption and sowing purposes:
- Anthriscus cerefolium (chervil)
- Apium graveolens (celery)
- Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
- Pastinaca sativa (parsnip)
- Petroselinum crispum (parsley)
What will change and when?
As previously advised, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will introduce an import permit requirement for the above apiaceous seed species (including their synonyms) imported for sowing and human consumption.
Importers are now able to apply for import permits through BICON, using the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of the relevant BICON case.
To ensure that your application is considered in a timely manner, all applications should be lodged by 2 March 2021. Submitting an application early will allow time for the department to consider and make a decision on the application prior to 30 March 2021.
- Consignments that arrive in Australian territory prior to 30 March 2021 will be permitted entry without an import permit.
- The department will not facilitate the clearance of goods that require an import permit but arrive without one. Consignments that arrive on or after 30 March 2021 without an import permit, including scenarios where an application is currently under consideration, will be directed for export or required to be destroyed in an approved manner.
Information on import permits is located on the department’s webpage, including:
Please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant Tier 2 - vegetable seeds import conditions’).