145-2019 - New Import conditions for salmon from approved countries (excluding New Zealand) have been implemented

2 September 2019

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers of salmon and salmonid products, as well as associated industry participants and retailers.

What has changed?

New Import conditions for salmon, as outlined in Biosecurity Advice 2019-A04 and Industry Advice Notices 106-2019 and 107-2019, have been implemented and must be complied with.

All salmon products imported into Australia, with a bill of lading date from 1 September on-wards must comply with the new import conditions:

  • Imported salmon that is not in consumer ready form, or has not received an approved heat treatment, will be directed for processing to an Approved Arrangement (AA) class 3.4 imported salmonid product processing.
  • Salmon will only be released from biosecurity control once it has been processed into consumer ready form as defined in BICON.
  • Salmon consignments must be accompanied by updated health certification

Product with a bill of lading dated before September 1 will be processed against the previous import conditions.

For trade to occur under the new import conditions Competent Authorities from approved trading partners must update their health certification to comply with the new import conditions.

Detailed advice about which approved trading partners have updated their health certificates is available on BICON in the salmon commodity case. This list will be updated regularly.

Important: All non-compliant product, including product that is accompanied by incorrect health certification, must be re-exported or destroyed.

Further information

The new import conditions for salmon are available on the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions database (BICON). Import permits may be applied for using BICON.

Further information about the new class 3.4 AA for salmon processing is available on the department’s website, under ‘requirements for operating an approved arrangement’.

Contact Information

If you require further information please call 1800 900 090 or email Imports.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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