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Changes to import packing declaration, Biosecurity Act 2016

Tuesday August 16th, 2016

A new packing declaration template is now published on the DAWR website to reflect this change effective immediately.
Since the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015, which places restriction on the use of the term ‘prohibited’ in relations to packing material.
‘Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non commodity information requirements policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has received legal advice that the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’ must only be used under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
To assist clients in meeting the requirements of the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy, the department has created the following templates that can be downloaded and adapted to meet individual company/consignment requirements and are available at http://agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates