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Implementation Of Revised Import Declaration Requirements

Changes to Packing Declaration

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (formerly Australian Quarantine) have advised of another change to Packing Declarations that are required to facilitate import clearances.

  • The Unacceptable Packaging Materials list has been amended to remove Bamboo packaging from this list.
  • Bamboo packaging materials will be added to the Timber packing list as an acceptable packaging material (if a valid treatment certificate has been supplied). Much the same as solid timber packaging is dealt with.
  • ISPM15 treatment is not an acceptable method for bamboo packaging, only solid timber can be cleared with ISPM15 treatment and accompanying packing declaration stating so.

Current Format Acceptable Until 30 June 2018

Annual packing declarations that are already in place under the old format will continue to be accepted until 30 June 2018.

Although the new format is in force the Department will continue to accept the current format declarations until 1 July 2018. Shipments that depart origin on or after 1 July 2018, must be accompanied by the new format as per the examples we have attached to this newsletter (provided in docx, xlsx and pdf formats to convey to your suppliers).

How is ACA International Assisting With The Transition?

Where current annual declarations are due to expire we are contacting our customers suppliers and advising them that we require a new declaration in the new format.

In April/May we will be contacting our customers suppliers who have annual packing declarations in place that are valid beyond 30 June 2018 and advising them we will need a replacement declaration to be in place by 1 July 2018.

Where we currently receive consignment specific declarations we will be advising suppliers of the new declaration that is now required.

What Do You Need To Do?

Please advise new suppliers of the new declaration requirements that are now in force. While the current format is acceptable up to 30 June 2018 any shipments moved post that date on old declarations may be held up while getting replacement declarations from your suppliers.

More info can be found on the following link;
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017/101-2017