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215-2020 - New import permit requirements for apiaceous vegetable seed species commencing from 30 March 2021

15 December 2020

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers (and their customs brokers) of the following apiaceous seed species (including their synonyms) imported for human consumption and sowing purposes:

  • Anthriscus cerefolium (chervil)
  • Apium graveolens (celery) 
  • Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
  • Pastinaca sativa (parsnip)
  • Petroselinum crispum (parsley)

What will change and when?

On 30 March 2021, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will introduce an import permit requirement for the above apiaceous seed species imported for sowing and human consumption.

A timeline for implementation is outlined in Figure 1. Importers will be able to apply for import permits through BICON from 13 January 2021 to allow early assessment by the department.  

To ensure that your application is considered in a timely manner, all applications should be lodged by 2 March 2021. Submitting an application early will allow time for the department to consider and make a decision on the application prior to 30 March 2021.

Figure 1. Implementation timeframes for import permit introductions for apiaceous seed species including Anthriscus cerefolium (chervil), Apium graveolens (celery), Foeniculum vulgare (fennel), Pastinaca sativa (parsnip) and Petroselinum crispum (parsley), for consumption and sowing.

Please note:

  • Consignments that arrive in Australian territory prior to 30 March 2021 will be permitted entry without an import permit.
  • The department will not facilitate the clearance of goods that require an import permit but arrive without one. Consignments that arrive on or after 30 March 2021 without an import permit, including scenarios where an application is currently under consideration, will be directed for export or required to be destroyed in an approved manner.

Further information

Information on import permits is located on the department’s webpage, including:

Please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant Tier 2 - vegetable seeds import conditions’).


Last reviewed: 15 December 2020
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