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Actions to Manage Khapra Beetle

August 18, 2020

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT ACTIONS TO MANAGE KHAPRA BEETLEVIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENT Dear biosecurity industry participant, Within the next two months the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will implement urgent actions to address […]

New country added for 2020-21 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures

August 17, 2020

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2021/2021

August 17, 2020

IMPORTS OF USED HHGPE ETC INTO AUSTRALIA (BMSB MEASURES)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 […]

Port Infrastructure Surcharges

December 27, 2019

Traditionally in Australia port terminal operators have been engaged and paid by global steamship lines for the cost of the terminal handling of containers coming into and out of the port. The steamship lines in turn passed on to cargo […]

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 […]

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.