Declare the producer of imported food

You must declare the producer when you lodge a Full Import Declaration (FID).

We inspect and test food imports under our Imported Food Inspection Scheme. We may decide to inspect goods based on the past compliance of a producer.

Work out who the producer is

The producer is the name of the manufacturer, processor, packer or establishment where the goods were grown, caught, manufactured or processed.

The producer is generally where the product undergoes final processing or packaging. The producer’s contact name and address will be on the final bulk or retail packaging.

The producer may be the same as the exporter or supplier. It can’t be the warehouse or freight forwarder.

If your overseas supplier doesn’t provide producer details, declare the supplier as the producer in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS).

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Raw or unprocessed food

The producer is the name of the business where the goods are packed into the final bulk or retail packaging.

Example

Raw seafood is packed into the final bulk or retail packaging at Business A. The name and contact details for Business A should be declared as the producer. The name and contact details for Business A may appear on the final bulk or retail packaging.

Processed food

The producer is the business where the goods were both:

  • processed into the finished product
  • packed into the final bulk or retail packaging.

Example

You source ingredients from one or more sources. You send ingredients to Business A for processing into finished products. Declare Business A as the producer. The name and contact details for Business A may appear on the final bulk or retail packaging.

Gift hampers

Gift hampers can contain multiple foods from multiple producers. The producer is the name of the business where the goods are packed into the final bulk or retail packaging.

Add, amend or delete a producer code

Declare your producer in your FID using the Department of Home Affairs' Integrated Cargo System (ICS).

Before you create a new producer, check they aren’t already in the system. Search for a producer using the Wildcard and Like Match in ICS.

Add a new producer

Licensed customs brokers can add producer codes in ICS. Anyone else must complete the Application to add, amend or delete a producer in the Integrated Cargo System.

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You must provide name, locality and country code to create a new producer. Do this via Cargo Interactive.

  • Name (up to 250 characters) — include the full name of the producer. Use abbreviations such as Pty Ltd or P/L for Proprietary Limited.
  • Locality (up to 40 characters) — include the physical address (20 Export Park, San Jose, California) instead of a broad locality (California). Use abbreviations such as ‘St’ for Street or ‘Bldg’ for Building. Don’t include a Post Office box.
  • Country Code — include the country where the producer is based. Search to select the correct country code.

Amend an existing producer

Complete the Application to add, amend or delete a producer in the Integrated Cargo System.

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You can still select the producer in a FID right after you submit the form. We will process the amendment as soon as possible.

Delete an existing producer

Complete the Application to add, amend or delete a producer in the Integrated Cargo System.

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We will process this form to remove the producer from ICS.

Generic producer codes

There are generic producer codes available for food within tariff chapters 2–22 that:

  • may be exempt from inspection and testing, or
  • are returning Australian goods.

This food may still be referred to us. Provide us with evidence (e.g. a declaration, import permit) of the end use, and we will consider whether to release the goods without inspecting or testing them.

Use the generic producer code for your type of goods.

Food exempt from inspection and testing

Certain food is exempt from inspection and testing. You still need to include a generic producer code in ICS.

See Section 7 of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 for definitions.

Type of imported good Generic producer code Generic producer name
Food imported for ship’s stores only 00224506 Ship's stores only
Food imported for aircraft’s stores only 0004997P Aircraft's stores only
Food imported for private consumption only 0005531X Private consumption <10KG/10L
Food imported for a trade sample only 0007593X Trade sample <20KG/20L not for consumption
Food imported for an end use other than human consumption 00213492 Not for human consumption

Returned Australian goods

Food that has been produced in Australia, exported overseas and then returned to Australia.

Type of imported good Generic producer code Generic producer name
Food exported from Australia that is being returned 0004957T Returned Australian goods only

Declaring the incorrect producer

If you declare an incorrect producer, it could hold up your goods.

A FID with the wrong producer may be incorrectly referred to us. We will need to assess the goods before we can release them. For risk food, our import system won’t apply the correct rate of inspection. Your imported goods may be inspected and tested unnecessarily.

Producer on the label is different to the producer in a FID

Our inspection officers will check that the producer on the label matches the FID. If they don’t match, the officer will take these actions:

  • For risk food—stop the inspection and advise the importer or agent that the producer must be changed in the FID. The FID must be amended before we reinspect the goods.
  • For holding order food—conduct a visual and label inspection. They will advise the importer or agent that the producer needs to be declared correctly in future FIDs.
  • For surveillance food—complete the inspection and advise the importer or agent that the producer needs to be declared correctly in future FIDs.
Last reviewed: 25 August 2020
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