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Case: Dairy Effective: 19 Dec 2018


Import Conditions

Import conditions define the biosecurity requirements which must be met for your import. Where import conditions have been developed, they will be listed below.

Warnings and Information Notices

These conditions cover:

  1. white ‘chocolate’

  2. solid blocks of chocolate

  3. pieces of chocolate.

These conditions do not cover:

  1. chocolate flavoured foods and beverages

  2. chocolate coated goods or goods which contain chocolate and other ingredients. (This BICON case can only be used to manage the import of the chocolate component. Additional BICON cases must be selected to manage the import of other ingredients).

  1. A Department of Agriculture and Water Resources import permit is not required, providing that the following conditions are met.

  2. The goods must meet biosecurity requirements.

    To demonstrate compliance with this requirement you must present the following on a Manufacturer's declaration or Invoice:

    Evidence that the goods are commercially prepared and packaged.
    If documentation is unable to be provided, or the documentation is insufficient, then the goods may be inspected to ensure that they comply with the conditions.

  3. These conditions prohibit the goods or any derivatives, to be distributed, sold or used for:

    1. veterinary or agricultural purposes including stock feed,

    2. veterinary therapeutic or vaccine manufacture,

    3. environmental use associated with livestock, and

    4. aquaculture/fisheries or for bait purposes.

  4. The goods must be clearly identifiable.

  5. Commercial administrative conditions
    Documents must be provided with each consignment which:

    1. identify the consignment (if non-personal) e.g. entry number

    2. identify all goods being imported as part of this consignment e.g. invoice or waybill or importer’s manifest

    3. describe the goods being imported (where not clear).

      e.g. 1: Product XRab = Purified protein derived from rabbits

      e.g. 2: Product AX = Synthetic antibiotic

      e.g. 3: Comte = Cheese.

  6. Under the Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General) Regulation 2016 and Chapter 9, Part 2 of the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, fees are payable to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for all services. Detail on how the department applies fees and levies may be found in the charging guidelines.

  7. In addition to the conditions for the goods being imported, non-commodity concerns must be assessed including container cleanliness, packaging and destination concerns, and may be subject to inspection and treatment on arrival. Please refer to the Non-Commodity Cargo Clearance BICON case for further information.

  8. Once biosecurity requirements have been met, it is the importer's responsibility to ensure that all imported food complies with the Imported Food Control Act 1992 including Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Consignments of food may be referred for inspection and analysis under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme to verify compliance. Some foods, such as beef and raw milk cheese, are not permitted to be imported without government certification.

What happens next?

When you are importing into Australia a departmental officer will assess the risk posed by your import and determine the appropriate outcome to apply. You may use the link below to view the likely outcomes for this particular import scenario. Please be aware that the assessment conducted may result in an outcome that is not listed.

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