Quarantine Australia, If you’re importing, it’s your responsibility!

If you are importing anything into Australia, you need to make sure you are aware of all the laws that govern that process, especially around any edible/organic goods. It is imperative that you are well aware of the laws that enable you to do so, and follow the guidelines set by Quarantine Australia.

DAFF- Protecting our Biosecurity.

DAFF or the Department of Fisheries and Forestry, is the government body that sets these rules out and manages the border controls that allow or disallow these products to pass international ports and from state to state. Daff is a facet of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. DAFF is also responsible for carrying out the inspections and certification of livestock that comes in and goes out of Australia for business.

DAFF Officers monitor the shipment of:

Protecting Australian Assets.

Quarantine Australia import and export laws are among the strictest in the world, and for good reason. We have one of the most productive export economies and a fragile ecosystem which, under the strict observation and control of authorities, has remained relatively free from biological threats that have caused damage to other countries with less strict laws governing export and imports.

How Passable Goods are Determined.

DAFF officers investigate all shipments using a host of tools to implement investigation. X-ray machines, sniffer dogs and manual searches are all applied in order to determine legal shipping conditions.  Quarantine Australia is a valuable asset to Australia by ensuring it is free from pests and this in turn plays a vital role in keeping the country’s economy strong. The department regularly undertakes research to determine australia’s import risks. DAFF also administers the Imported Food Programme, which deals with all food imported into Australia, and determines whether it meets our Quarantine Standards and the Food Standards Code.

Non-Compliance- It’s breaking the law.

Quarantine Australia takes any breach of security very seriously and harsh penalties apply for those who fail to comply with those strict standards. So, how do you make sure that your shipment is compliant under these strict laws?  When packing your cargo into a container we can only use certain types of material for dunnage.  If you don’t use the right material it will cost you considerably to dispose of and fumigate the timber. If you have any doubts as to whether your shipment is suitable for import or export into Australia, it is important to clarify those concerns at your earliest convenience.

Be reassured.

With over 45 years of experience in the field of shipping both at an international and domestic level, Kenter International can provide you with further information and references regarding your unique concerns and Australian quarantine. Please contact our customer solutions desk for further information today. Click here