38-2017 - Prohibited packaging statements

18 April 2017

Who does this notice affect?

Clients who assess consignment specific and annual packing declarations under Approved Arrangement Class 19.1 - Non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance or present packing declarations to facilitate non-commodity clearance by the department.


Industry advice notice 45-2016 Key changes affecting the Broker Approved Arrangements on commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015, advised clients that to align with the Biosecurity Act 2015 that ‘Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non-commodity information requirements policy had been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.

The notice advised that new Packing declaration templates would be published to reflect this change and that the department would continue to accept declarations with prohibited packaging statement until 16 June 2017.

The Non-commodity information requirements policy and the BICON Non-commodity case were also updated to reflect this change.


The department reminds clients that it will no longer accept ‘Prohibited packaging material’ statements from 16 June 2017. Consignment specific packing declarations containing the ‘Prohibited packaging material’ statement dated prior to 16 June 2017 will be acceptable for their intended consignment.

Annual packing declarations containing the ‘Prohibited packaging material’ statement (regardless of their expiry date) will not be accepted for consignments shipped on or after 16 June 2017. As such packers/suppliers will be required to reissue their declarations to meet the requirements of the Non-commodity information requirements policy.  

For further information please contact Entry Management.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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