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Port Fee Increases Trigger Government Inquiries

December 17, 2018

The latest round of port fees announced by Australia’s major stevedoring companies have resulted in Victorian and Federal Senate inquiries. The latest fee increases by DP World Australia which have been termed ‘Infrastructure charges’ by the stevedoring companies come into […]

100% piece-level examination of all export air cargo

October 15, 2018

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced a range of measures to further strengthen Australia's domestic and international aviation security. The current rules requiring piece level examination of all air cargo bound for or transiting through the United States […]

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Quarantine Alert

September 12, 2018

There are a number of plant and animal pests which are exotic to Australia which pose a high biosecurity risk to Austalia’s agricultural industries and the environment more generally. The bugcan arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between […]

Understanding US Customs Inspections

July 17, 2018

A US customs inspection can be a frustrating and expensive process for anyone moving to the United States. If customs choose to examine a container for any reason (whether it is at random or because of suspicion) the costs for […]

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.
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