BICON houses the Australian Government’s Biosecurity import conditions database for more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. It will help you to determine what import conditions exist and if an import permit is required.
Before you import goods to Australia, it is important that you understand your responsibilities as an importer and the import conditions that may apply to your goods. Complying with these requirements can reduce costly delays and help keep biosecurity risks offshore.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment regulates products imported into Australia. The importation of some products is, by law, subject to certain biosecurity import conditions. Some products are not permitted entry while other products are only allowed into Australia subject to meeting import conditions that mitigate the biosecurity risk. This may include a requirement for an import permit.
You can use the Biosecurity Import Conditions system to determine whether a commodity intended for import into Australia:
- is permitted
- is subject to import conditions
- requires supporting documentation
- requires treatment
- needs an import permit.
Most import permits will be issued within 20 working days of completed applications being received and paid for in full. Applications may take longer if:
- they require technical assessment
- incomplete or incorrect information is provided by the applicant
- additional information is required to continue the assessment (applicants will be notified of this by the assessing officers)
- it is a novel product or has been prepared in a novel manner.
Imported foods are also monitored for compliance to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Import information on the following goods is also available:
- biological products
- live animals and reproductive materials
- major resource and energy sector imports
- military equipment, vehicles and ration packs
- motor vehicles, motorcycles, machinery and tyres
- plants and plant products
- timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products
- vessels with timber components.
Fees and charges apply to the import and clearance of goods.
Cargo arriving in Australia can often be cleared by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment using declarations and information provided by the importer. To decrease the likelihood that your goods will need to be opened and inspected, provide all required documents that need to accompany your goods.