Welcome to the Australian International Movers Association


Notification of planned urgent actions for khapra beetle: Phase 2

September 21, 2020

Amendment to 130-2020 – A new framework for biosecurity treatments

September 15, 2020

Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge

September 11, 2020

Enhanced brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) heat treatment arrangements

September 11, 2020

Cat and Dog imports to Australia – the impact of COVID-19 and Christmas shutdown

September 10, 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.