IFN 06-19 – New AQIS Document Type codes for beef and beef products from BSE approved countries

4 April 2019


The purpose of this notice is to advise importers and brokers that new AQIS Document Type codes are now available to use when lodging a Full Import Declaration (FID) for beef and beef products imported from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) approved countries. If these new codes are used, the reduced rate of inspection of five per cent will be applied to the consignment. If these codes are not used the rate of inspection will be based on the compliance history of previous consignments.

Inspection of goods

At inspection, samples of the food will be taken where microbiological or chemical analysis is required to verify compliance with Australian food standards and to verify the adequacy of the certification arrangements in the exporting country.

Where there is evidence of non-compliance, the department will increase the inspection rate to 100 per cent until a satisfactory history of compliance has been demonstrated, which is usually taken to have occurred following five consecutive passes at inspection.

AQIS Document Type codes

The new AQIS Document Type codes can be found on the Foreign government certification arrangements under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 webpage. The new AQIS Document Type codes are now available for use when lodging lines in a FID in the ICS. Licensed customs brokers should ensure that you have the latest ICS reference files so that you can use the new ICS document codes. Contact your software provider if you are unsure where to find the latest ICS reference files or where to find the AQIS Commodity Code field on each line in a FID.

Further information

Current foreign government certification arrangements (including import requirements and AQIS Document Type codes) and further information about lodging declarations and documentation for imported food (including lodging a FID) and BSE food safety requirements for imported beef and beef products for human consumption can be found on the department’s website.

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To receive updates when changes are made to the requirements for imported food, use the following link to subscribe to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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