2018-60 - Biosecurity Policy and Response Branch – Reminder of new air cargo screening requirement

20 December 2018

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to remind exporters and registered establishments about changes to air cargo security screening for all exports, commencing on 1 March 2019.

Summary of changes and key points

  • This notice is further to IAN 2018-56 issued on 19 November 2018.
  • Changes to air cargo security will apply to all consignments exported from Australia by air regardless of destination, with a new requirement for “piece-level screening”.
  • If you currently export to the United States the new requirements mirror these.
  • Please read the below Countdown Notice November 2018.

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  • The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of Home Affairs will continue to provide information about the changes as it is received.

Background

The Department of Home Affairs is implementing the changes. This change is necessary to ensure that Australia is responding to the evolving terrorist threat.

Exporters and registered establishments responsibilities

We suggested you talk to your air cargo supply chain as soon as possible to understand the impact of the changes on your export business, and your options to reduce any negative impacts (such as potential delays or additional costs).

The Department of Home Affairs is implementing the changes. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact guidancecentre@homeaffairs.gov.au or call 1300 791 581.

It is important you raise any issues or concerns with the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible, noting that the changes are being implemented from 1 March 2019. You can also copy in the following email address (HAengagement@agriculture.gov.au).  

While the Department of Home Affairs is implementing the changes, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is looking to understand and support industry readiness and the potential impacts on businesses. If you haven’t already, the department would be grateful if you could assist by replying to us directly on HAengagement@agriculture.gov.au with answers to the following questions:

  • Were you aware of these changes prior to reading the attached notice?
  • Have you considered how the new security requirements can be managed along with any importing country requirements – such as shrink-wrapping or insect-proofing treated product?
  • If yes, have you raised any concerns with the Department of Home Affairs (or your air cargo supply chain) and, if so, what are these concerns?
  • If you have raised concerns, how have they been resolved?

The department is developing a set of frequently asked questions in collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs which will be provided as soon as possible.

The department will continue to provide further information regarding the changes when received.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email guidancecentre@homeaffairs.gov.au or call 1300 791 581.

It is important you raise any issues or concerns with the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible, noting that the changes are being implemented from 1 March 2019.

You can also copy in the following email address (HAengagement@agriculture.gov.au).  

 

Josephine Laduzko
Assistant Secretary
Biosecurity Policy and Response Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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