Documentary requirements for clearance
Review of documentary requirements
The department of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment reviewed the documentary requirements for the clearance of imported goods in 2017. The purpose of this review was to ensure that the policies were clear and aligned with other departmental policies and import condition requirements.
The review was conducted in consultation with industry and resulted in a number of amendments being made to both policies. See Documentary policy review 2017—table of amendments for details.
Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy
Our Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy defines the minimum requirements for documentation presented to the department to support the risk assessment of imported goods and non-commodity concerns, whether for biosecurity or imported foods purposes.
Non-commodity information requirements policy
Our Non-commodity information requirements policy defines the information requirements that must be met to support the assessment of non–commodity concerns associated with imported goods. It covers the type of consignment, the types of packaging materials used in the consignment, and the container cleanliness statement.
Delivery postcode files
We use delivery postcodes to determine the suitability of a location for goods to be unpacked.
If a consignment is being delivered to a rural destination it will be directed for a rural tailgate inspection, which allows us to conduct a risk assessment on the consignments prior to it leaving a metropolitan area.See Regional postcode delivery classifications for details on delivery postcodes and a postcode search tool.
Examples of acceptable documents
To assist clients in meeting the requirements outlined in the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy and the non-commodity information requirements policy, we have created several templates that can be downloaded and adapted to meet individual company/consignment requirements.
Your feedback on our policies
We welcome ongoing feedback about these polices. To provide feedback please contact Compliance Assessment and Management.