Welcome to the Australian International Movers Association

10th August 2020

Having reviewed the outcome of the 2019/2020 BMSB and after consultation by AIMA with Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE) and other industry bodies in the lead up to the 2020/2021 BMSB season, the following were the practical outcomes reached in regard to the import of used HHGPE and other shipment types shipped into Australia from, or originating from, Target High Risk Countries (which include the addition of 4 countries to the 2019/2020 list) and considered target high risk goods:

We have now had confirmation these measures will continue to apply for the 2020/2021 “season” for all shipments from Target High Risk Countries covering shipments departing those countries from 1st September 2020 through to arrivals ETA first port of entry into
Australia up to 31st May 2021.

For more information, view the documents below.

AIMA Bulletin 2020_2021 BMSB Season Aug2020
BMSB Target Risk Countries 2020_21

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2021/2021

Published: August 17, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all personal effects shipments into Australia subject to mandatory quarantine inspection?

Yes – Australia is in the fortunate situation of being one of the few countries relatively free of common pests and diseases found in other countries. For this reason, the Australian Government has mandated that all unaccompanied shipments of used personal effects, motor vehicles and vessels be screened and physically inspected at approved and licenced unpacking depots by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources inspection officers.

Why is there a fee for the mandatory quarantine inspection?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will only permit the unpacking of imported personal effects to occur within the confines of specially licenced and approved warehouses with adequate contamination containment measures, trained and accredited warehouse staff and the required electronic interface reporting systems. The fees for quarantine inspection, clearance and attendance charged by AIMA members cover the cost of annual depot licencing, use of bonded warehouse space, attendance and inspection fees for DAWR inspection officers and required interface software licencing.