The information here covers DAFF quarantine requirements only and is current on the date of transmission but may change without notice.
DAFF makes no warranties or representations with respect to the accuracy or completeness of that information and will bear no liability with
respect to that information. Importers must satisfy quarantine concerns and comply with quarantine conditions applicable at the time of entry.
The Commonwealth through DAFF is not liable for any costs arising from or associated with decisions of importers to import based on conditions
presented here which are not current at the time of importation. It is the importer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy and completeness of the
information at the time of importation.
It is the importer’s responsibility to identify and to ensure it has complied with, all requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies prior to and after importation including the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and any State agencies such as Departments of Agriculture and Health and Environmental Protection authorities.
Importers should note that this list is not exhaustive. Importers should also note that all foods imported into Australia must comply with the provisions of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 , an Act which is administered by DAFF.
Notification of the import must be provided to DAFF for all imported goods other than goods imported as accompanied baggage or goods imported via the mail and not prescribed under the Customs Act 1901. Notification must be consistent with Quarantine Regulations 2000 (examples include a Quarantine Entry or a Quarantine declaration).
|Public Quarantine Alert  PQA0523|
Notice to AQIS Staff, Importers and Brokers:
Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the
Australia has been notified that the United Kingdom (UK) confirmed an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
FMD is not present in
On advice from Biosecurity
Consignments containing these products will continue to be cleared provided they are clearly marked or accompanied by documentation indicating they were manufactured prior to 1 July 2007.
Suspension to the importation of certain types of animal and animal products
Goods manufactured or live animals exported from the
· FMD susceptible animals;
· Lightly processed cheeses;
· Milk products with more then 10% dairy content (including yoghurt, fresh milk, powdered milk);
· Semen and embryos from FMD susceptible animals
· Biological products produced from FMD-susceptible species (veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, laboratory reagents)
Case by case assessment of animal and animal products
Import Permit applications, where needed for the following types of products will need to be assessed by AQIS prior to importation. Other goods not normally subject to permits will also need to be assessed on a case by case basis:
· Processed meat and dairy products (e.g. prepared meals*, shelf stable/hermetically sealed/retorted meat and dairy products, flavours, infant formula, chocolate and confectionary, some highly processed cheeses;
· Biological products from non susceptible species (veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, laboratory agents);
· Canned and dried pet food;
· Scoured wool;
· Scoured animal hair and leather and products;
· New and used saddles, harness and tack;
· Second hand farming equipment used in rural areas
· Live horses
Imports of dried milk powder and processed cheese
Personal consignments of infant formula from the
Commercial consignments of dried milk powder are permitted under permit from FMD free countries only.
Highly processed cheese can still be imported if the following conditions are met and are accompanied by a valid Import Permit:
· The milk used to make the cheese has been pasteurised (72°C for 15 seconds) and the cheese is stored for 30 days at or below pH6; or
· The milk used to make the cheese has not been pasteurised and the cheese is stored for 120 days at or below pH6.
All containers and air cans arriving in
All personal effects require inspection on arrival by AQIS. Increased
vigilance will apply to all personal effects from the
Goods currently on the water
Affected goods from the
Affected goods processed or manufactured on or after 1 July 2007 are to be held at an appropriate class of Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) until the goods can be assessed.
· QAP Class 1 for shelf stable food, pet food, skins, saddles and tack;
· QAP Class 2.5 for food requiring refrigeration;
· QAP Class 5 for laboratory agents;
· Quarantine Stations for live animals.
Affected goods that can not meet the varied import requirements may need to be re-exported or destroyed.
Further information please contact:
Live Animal Imports – Imports of animals
Biologicals Programme for - Food and food products, laboratory agents and
animal derived products (excluding reproductive material)
Phone: (07) 3246 8706