70-2018 – Changes to import conditions for consignments of oversize tyres

​​​​09 July 2018

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of relevance to importers, manufacturers, customs brokers and agents involved in the import of consignments of used oversize tyres into Australian territory.

The information in this notice is in addition to information provided in Industry Advice 63 - 2018.

What has changed?

Interim measures prior to 01 August 2018

Interim measures to mitigate any potential risks of consignments of used (used tyres are oversized tyres that have been used on vehicles, machinery and equipment) or aged (aged tyres are new or used oversized tyres that are manufactured and imported into Australia greater than 6 months from the time of manufacture) oversize tyres imported prior to 01 August 2018 are to be implemented immediately.

These interim measures include:

  • Manufacturing dates for consignments of oversize tyres need to be provided to determine if tyres are to be processed as new, or used or aged. If manufacturing dates are not provided, consignments of tyres are to be considered as aged or used and processed accordingly.
  • All consignments of used or aged oversize tyres that have not undergone acceptable offshore treatment will be directed for onshore treatment within 24 hours of arrival.

The acceptable offshore and onshore treatment is with methyl bromide fumigation at least 48 g/m3 for 24 hours at 21 degrees or above.
From 1 August 2018, import conditions for new and used or aged oversize tyres will be updated in BICON.

These changes include:

For oversized tyres to be considered as ‘new’ they MUST have been manufactured within 6 months from the date of arrival in the port of Australian territory.

Changed documentation requirements for ‘new ‘oversized tyres are detailed below:

Each consignment must be free of water and watermarks, live insects including mosquito eggs, soil and other biosecurity risk material, prior to arrival in Australian territory.

To demonstrate compliance with this requirement you must present the following on an Exporter's declaration, Manufacturer's declaration or Supplier's declaration:

  1. Date of manufacture for all of the tyres in the consignment
  2. Invoice and/or container number(s) specific to the consignment
  3. The tyres are unused, free from water, watermarks and contamination of biosecurity concern at the time they were loaded onto the vessel. 

Failure to provide this information will result in consignments of tyres being considered as aged or used.    

As previously advised in Industry Advice 63 - 2018, import conditions for used (used tyres are oversized tyres that have been used on vehicles, machinery and equipment) or aged (aged tyres are new or used oversized tyres that are manufactured and imported into Australia greater than 6 months from the time of manufacture.) oversize tyres will be updated in BICON requiring all used or aged oversize tyres to be treated offshore, using a department approved treatment method, prior to arrival in to Australian territory.

To meet the import conditions, consignments of used or aged oversize tyres:

  • must be accompanied with a valid treatment certificate verifying that the goods have been treated with methyl bromide fumigation at least 48 g/m3 for 24 hours at 21 degrees or above, and the treatment has been carried out within 7 days of loading, and
  • must be accompanied with a declaration stating that the tyres have been cleaned before export to remove contamination.
Consignments of used or aged oversize tyres that do not meet the above import conditions will be subject to export from Australian territory.

Further information

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Cargo and Mail section.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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