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Case: Processed grain and seed products for use as biodegradable/edible tableware Effective: 03 Sep 2020 to 12 Oct 2020

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.

  1. These conditions apply to consignments of processed grain and seed products with the resulting end form of the processed product being biodegradable and/or edible tableware. These processing methods apply to all grains and seeds, provided they have been imported for use as tableware only.

  2. A Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment import permit is not required.

  3. The goods must be made from plant material only and be commercially prepared and retail packaged.

  4. The goods must be clean and free of contaminant seed, soil, animal and plant debris and other biosecurity risk material prior to arrival in Australian territory.

  5. Provided all of the above conditions have been met the consignment may be released from biosecurity control by a biosecurity officer. If any of the above conditions have not been met the consignment may be subject to inspection and/or onshore treatment.

  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, Water and the Environment 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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