Import Industry Advice RSS https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ en 07-2021: Service Disruption: From 16:00 to 23:59 Sunday 24 January 2021 (AEDT) - BICON https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/07-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">07-2021: Service Disruption: From 16:00 to 23:59 Sunday 24 January 2021 (AEDT) - BICON</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 2021-01-19 12:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>19 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All clients required to use the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system during this planned maintenance period.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p>Due to scheduled infrastructure maintenance, BICON users may experience several intermittent outages from 16:00 to 23:59 on Sunday 24 January 2021 (AEDT).</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p>Users are advised to frequently save any in-progress permit applications during this maintenance period.</p> </div> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 01:00:15 +0000 Van.Dang 9714 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 06-2021: Services Restored: Thursday 14 January 2021 – Assessment Outcome Delays https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/06-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">06-2021: Services Restored: Thursday 14 January 2021 – Assessment Outcome Delays</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2021-01-14 08:44</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>14 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p> All importers and brokers anticipating outcomes of biosecurity assessments. </p> <h2>Information</h2> <p> The unplanned network issues experienced by the department have now been resolved. Staff are now processing biosecurity assessments as normal, however there may be a slight delay whilst the backlog is being cleared.   </p> <h2>Action</h2> <p> No action required. The department apologises for any inconvenience caused. </p> </div> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 21:44:06 +0000 Van.Dang 9705 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 05-2021: Unplanned Service Disruption: Wednesday 13 January 2021 – Assessment Outcome Delays https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/05-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">05-2021: Unplanned Service Disruption: Wednesday 13 January 2021 – Assessment Outcome Delays</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2021-01-13 16:55</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>13 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All importers and brokers anticipating outcomes of biosecurity assessments.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p>The department is currently experiencing unplanned network issues. As a result, clients may experience delays in receiving biosecurity assessment outcomes.</p> <p>The department is investigating the issue as a priority and apologises for any inconvenience caused.</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p>No action required. The department will advise when this issue has been resolved.</p> </div> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 05:55:59 +0000 Paul.Grocott 9704 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 04-2021: Changes to the importation of retorted goods containing animal material for human consumption https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/04-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">04-2021: Changes to the importation of retorted goods containing animal material for human consumption</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2021-01-13 09:52</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>13 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is of particular interest to importers of retorted, shelf stable, commercially sterile products containing animal-based ingredients.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (department) is making changes to the standard import permit for retorted, shelf stable, commercially sterile food products containing animal ingredients for human consumption.</p> <p>The changes will mean that the following commodities will no longer be permitted entry using the standard permit:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Birds Nests.</strong></li> <li><strong>Table eggs.</strong></li> <li><strong>Goods that are imported in temperature-controlled containers below 10°C.</strong></li> </ul> <p>These goods can still be imported, but only after a more rigorous assessment of the product has been undertaken and a non-standard permit specific to the product has been issued.</p> <p>Existing standard permits will not be varied to the new conditions but will remain valid until they expire. Standard permits that are issued between the date of this industry advice notice and the implementation of these changes will be set to expire two years from the date of this industry advice notice.</p> <p>The changes are required to address compliance issues with these products. During 2019/20 the department conducted verification activities on the retort pathway.</p> <p>This verification work uncovered goods that were not compliant with the import conditions. This included a range of products that were not properly retorted and shelf stable.</p> <p><a href="https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ImportConditions/Questions/EvaluateCase?elementID=0000067935&amp;elementVersionID=165" target="_blank">Retort conditions</a> allow safe trade in products from countries that are affected by animal diseases that are exotic to Australia (e.g. highly pathogenic avian influenza, Newcastle disease and foot-and-mouth disease). The introduction of these diseases would have serious consequences for the Australian economy and environment. For this reason, it is important that these products are properly retorted in accordance with the import conditions.</p> <h2>When are the changes being implemented?</h2> <p>It is anticipated that permits with the new conditions will be issued from March 2021.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>If you require any further information, or have questions about these changes, please contact the Commodity Assurance and Seafood Imports Program on 1800 900 090 or email <a href="mailto:imports@agriculture.gov.au">imports@agriculture.gov.au</a></p> </div> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 22:52:34 +0000 Paul.Grocott 9703 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 03-2021: Mandatory pre-shipment methyl bromide fumigation for fresh leaves and fresh taro exported from Fiji https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/03-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">03-2021: Mandatory pre-shipment methyl bromide fumigation for fresh leaves and fresh taro exported from Fiji</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2021-01-13 09:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>13 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is of interest to the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), exporters and importers (and their customs brokers) of fresh leaves and fresh taro exported from Fiji.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>Fresh leaves and fresh taro certified for export on or after 1 February 2021, will require mandatory pre- shipment methyl bromide fumigation. Fumigation must be conducted by an approved treatment provider and in accordance with the Australian <a href="/import/arrival/treatments/treatments-fumigants#methyl-bromide-fumigation" target="_blank"><u>Methyl bromide fumigation methodolog</u>y</a> and Guide to performing (Quarantine and pre-shipment) QPS fumigation with methyl bromide. The goods will require evidence on accompanying phytosanitary certificates that they have been fumigated using an approved schedule.<br /> The Department will require mandatory pre- shipment methyl bromide fumigation for the following fresh produce from Fiji:</p> <ul> <li>Betel and Paan leaves</li> <li>Bael leaves, Cassava leaves, Amaranth (Charooya bhaji) leaves, Drumstick tree leaves, Island Cabbage, Pandanus leaves, Roselle leaves, Taro leaves</li> <li>White Taro and Giant taro</li> </ul> <h3><strong>Fresh leaves:</strong></h3> <p>The rate of 32 g/m³ for <strong>two hours</strong> at commodity temperatures of 21°C or above, or equivalent compensated dose.</p> <p>The following schedules may be used:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1" summary="Table description" width="60%"> <thead> <tr> <th>Temperature</th> <th>Minimum initial dose</th> <th>Exposure period</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>21°C or above</td> <td align="right">32 g/m³</td> <td align="right">2 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>16°C to 20.9 °C</td> <td align="right">40 g/m³</td> <td align="right">2 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11°C to 15.9 °C</td> <td align="right">48 g/m³</td> <td align="right">2 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10°C to 10.9 °C</td> <td align="right">56 g/m³</td> <td align="right">2 hours</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>Fresh White and Giant taro:</strong></h3> <p>The rate of 32 g/m³ for <strong>three hours</strong> at pulp temperatures of 21°C or above, or equivalent compensated dose.</p> <p>The following schedules may be used:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="1" summary="Table description" width="60%"> <thead> <tr> <th>Temperature</th> <th>Minimum initial dose</th> <th>Exposure period</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>21°C or above</td> <td align="right">32 g/m³</td> <td align="right">3 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>16°C to 20.9 °C</td> <td align="right">40 g/m³</td> <td align="right">3 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11°C to 15.9 °C</td> <td align="right">48 g/m³</td> <td align="right">3 hours</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10°C to 10.9 °C</td> <td align="right">56 g/m³</td> <td align="right">3 hours</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Department does not allow dosage compensation where the ambient temperature is above 21 °C or below 10 °C.</p> <p>Consignments certified on or after 1 February 2021 and found not to have been fumigated at the correct rate prior to export will be exported or destroyed.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>If you have questions or need further information, you can contact our Import Services team on:<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Email at <a href="mailto:imports@agriculture.gov.au"><u>imports</u></a><br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Phone (from within Australia): 1800 900 090<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Phone (from outside Australia): + 61 3 8318 6700</p> </div> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 22:48:13 +0000 Paul.Grocott 9702 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 02-2021: Import permit applications for apiaceous vegetable seed species are now open for lodgement https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/02-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">02-2021: Import permit applications for apiaceous vegetable seed species are now open for lodgement</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/38" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Paul.Grocott</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 2021-01-12 16:41</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>13&nbsp;January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is of interest to importers (and their customs brokers) of the following apiaceous seed species (including their synonyms and sub-ordinate taxa) imported for human consumption and sowing purposes:</p> <ul> <li><em>Anthriscus cerefolium</em> (chervil)</li> <li><em>Apium graveolens</em> (celery)&nbsp;</li> <li><em>Foeniculum vulgare</em> (fennel)</li> <li><em>Pastinaca sativa</em> (parsnip)</li> <li><em>Petroselinum crispum</em> (parsley)</li> </ul> <h2>What will change and when?</h2> <p>As <a href="/import/industry-advice/2020/215-2020">previously advised</a>, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will introduce an import permit requirement for the above apiaceous seed species (including their synonyms) imported for sowing and human consumption.</p> <p>Importers are now able to apply for import permits through BICON, using the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of the relevant BICON case.</p> <p>To ensure that your application is considered in a timely manner, all applications should be lodged by 2&nbsp;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.</p> <figure> <figcaption><strong>Figure 1.</strong><a> Implementation timeframes for import permit introductions for apiaceous seed species including <em>Anthriscus cerefolium</em> (chervil), <em>Apium graveolens</em> (celery), <em>Foeniculum vulgare</em> (fennel), <em>Pastinaca sativa</em> (parsnip) and <em>Petroselinum crispum</em> (parsley), for consumption and sowing.</a></figcaption> <img alt="blank" src="/sites/default/files/images/fig-1-implementation-timeframes-open.jpg" style="margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;" /></figure> <p>Please note:</p> <ul> <li>Consignments that arrive in Australian territory prior to 30 March 2021 will be permitted entry without an import permit.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Information on import permits is located on the department’s webpage, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="/import/online-services/bicon/bicon-permit">Guidance on how to apply for an import permit</a></li> <li><a href="/import/online-services/bicon/fees-import-permits">Fees and charges for import permits</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email <a href="mailto:imports@agriculture.gov.au">imports@agriculture.gov.au</a> (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant Tier 2 - vegetable seeds import conditions’).</p> </div> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 05:41:58 +0000 Paul.Grocott 9701 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 01-2021: Cat and Dog imports to Australia – PEQ reservation waiting periods https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2021/01-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">01-2021: Cat and Dog imports to Australia – PEQ reservation waiting periods</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/101" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Belinda.Reithmiller</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2021-01-06 10:19</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>6 January 2021</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>This notice is for all airlines, freight forwarders, pet transport companies and importers of cats and dogs to Australia.</p> <h2>What has changed?</h2> <p>While COVID-19 restrictions have been eased in Victoria, the impact of COVID-19 is continuing to effect wait times for cat and dog reservations at the Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham. Since May 2020, animals have continued to arrive at Melbourne International Airport, been collected by the department and taken to the PEQ without issue. </p> <p>The current COVID-19 pandemic does not change the existing risks posed by diseases of biosecurity concern to Australia or the need for cats and dogs to meet the import permit conditions in full. This includes the requirement for cats and dogs to arrive directly into Melbourne International Airport, excluding dogs and cats exported from New Zealand, or dogs holding an assistance dog permit. The department may consider re-exporting or euthanising animals that do not fulfill this requirement.</p> <p>Companion animals can only be imported into Australia under strict conditions designed to manage biosecurity risks and must undergo a minimum 10-day quarantine period at the PEQ at Mickleham. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to manage biosecurity risks associated with the import of companion animals and ensure the welfare of these animals.</p> <h2>PEBS cat and dog reservations - 2021</h2> <p>The PEQ is continuing to process a high number of bookings from owners wanting to bring their pets’ home to Australia. The PEQ is facilitating the import of pets, while managing the health of staff, the welfare of the animals in our care, and adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government.</p> <p>The department is continuing to work closely with international airlines and pet transport agents and has accepted direct charter flights of large volume cat and dog imports. Several charter flights have been confirmed to arrive in 2021 which has an impact on PEQ reservations.</p> <p>The PEQ is aware of the current situation that pet agents and importers are experiencing in relation to reservation waiting periods. We ask for your patience and cooperation at this time as we are working towards finding suitable solutions that satisfy the government, industry stakeholders, importers and exporting countries whilst maintaining the required level of biosecurity services and animal welfare at the PEQ.</p> <p>Pet owners and agents are advised to make flight arrangements and PEQ reservations as soon as their import permit is approved.</p> <p>Pet owners and agents must secure an airline booking into Melbourne Airport and are advised to confirm both the flight arrival date and the PEQ reservation date to receive their animal before being exported to Australia. Please email <a href="mailto:PEQservices@awe.gov.au">PEQservices@awe.gov.au</a> if you wish to amend a PEQ reservation due to flight disruptions.</p> <p>Pet owners and agents are advised to check state or territory government websites for interstate travel movement restrictions prior to collecting their animals from the PEQ or to engage the services of pet transport companies to collect or fly their animal’s interstate.</p> <h2>Further information</h2> <p>Importers are encouraged to check our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3607cc51-f4d9-426d-9849-21aa4b06f641" href="/cats-dogs" title="Bringing cats and dogs to Australia">website</a> regularly or <a href="https://subscribe.agriculture.gov.au/subscribe">subscribe</a> to our mailing list for up to date information.</p> <h2>Contact information</h2> <p>If you require further information, please call 1800 900 090 or email <a href="mailto:PEQservices@awe.gov.au">PEQservices@awe.gov.au</a>.</p> </div> Tue, 05 Jan 2021 23:19:57 +0000 Belinda.Reithmiller 9693 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 237-2020: Services Restored: DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/237-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">237-2020: Services Restored: DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 2020-12-31 14:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>31 December 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p>All brokers and importers who are awaiting clearance of import declarations (FID, LFSAC) lodged on Tuesday 29 December 2020 and Wednesday 30 December 2020.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p> The unplanned service disruption affecting AIMS has now been resolved. </p> <h2>Action</h2> <p> No further action required. The department apologises for any inconvenience caused.</p> </div> Thu, 31 Dec 2020 03:58:42 +0000 Van.Dang 9680 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 236-2020: *UPDATE* DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/236-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">236-2020: *UPDATE* DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-12-30 15:57</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>30 December 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p> All brokers and importers who are awaiting clearance of import declarations (FID, LFSAC) lodged on Tuesday 29 December 2020 and Wednesday 30 December 2020.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p> The department is continuing to experience IT issues (with AIMS and the Quarantine ruler) which is causing a delay to the processing of import declarations (FID, LFSAC) and will be affecting the processing of AEP and non-AEP entries. Additionally, these processing delays may cause errors with COLS (Cargo Online Lodgement System) when brokers or importers attempt to lodge documents.</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p>Until the current situation is resolved, clients are advised to direct all lodgement enquiries to <a href="mailto:ImportAssessment@agriculture.gov.au">ImportAssessment@agriculture.gov.au</a> due to the potential for system unavailability and call dropouts. </p> <p>This will also assist staff to direct their attention to processing lodgements. The department is continuing to address this issue as a high priority and apologises for any inconvenience caused. </p> </div> Wed, 30 Dec 2020 04:57:22 +0000 Van.Dang 9679 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au 235-2020: DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2020/235-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">235-2020: DAWE continuing IT issues, processing delays for import declaration types of FID, LFSAC and COLS lodgements</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/39" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Van.Dang</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 2020-12-30 09:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>30 December 2020</p> <h2>Who does this notice affect?</h2> <p> All brokers and importers who are awaiting clearance of import declarations (FID, LFSAC) lodged yesterday the 29th of December 2020 or today the 30th of December 2020.</p> <h2>Information</h2> <p> The department is continuing to experience IT issues (with AIMS and the Quarantine ruler) which is causing a delay to the processing of import declarations (FID, LFSAC) and will be affecting the processing of AEP and non-AEP entries. Additionally, these processing delays may cause errors with COLS (Cargo Online Lodgement System) when brokers or importers attempt to lodge documents.</p> <h2>Action</h2> <p> Investigations continued last night and this morning, unfortunately these have failed to identify the cause of the issue at this time. The department is continuing investigating the IT issues as a high priority. If the issue is not resolved today further updates will be provided. The department apologises for any inconvenience caused.</p> </div> Tue, 29 Dec 2020 22:56:08 +0000 Van.Dang 9678 at https://www.agriculture.gov.au