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BICON changes due to updates to the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy

Effective from 28 July 2021

The purpose of this notification is to advise stakeholders of changes to documentary requirements in import conditions commencing from 2 August 2021.

The department has reviewed and updated the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. As detailed in Import Industry Advice Notice (113-2021), the revised policy requirements will take effect on Monday 2 August 2021. Documentation for goods exported to Australia on or after this date must meet the revised policy requirements.

The revised policy, a table of changes outlining key changes to the policy, and a FAQ document can be found on the department's website.

Import Industry Advice Notice (152-2021) was also released on 13 July 2021 detailing changes specific to fumigation certificates.

BICON changes:
As a result of the recent policy review, the department is updating documentary requirements listed in BICON for all cases. The documentary requirements explain what information is required to be contained on certain document types accompanying goods imported into Australia.

Importers and their agents are encouraged to cascade the information about the updated documentary requirements through their supply chains to ensure entities who issue documents are aware of the changes.

Who does this alert affect:
Clients in the import and shipping industries including freight forwarders, importers and customs brokers associated with imported goods and containers.

Further information:
If you have questions or need further information, you can contact our Import Services team on:

  • email at
  • phone (from within Australia): 1800 900 090
  • phone (from outside Australia): + 61 3 8318 6700.

Also visit the department’s COVID-19 information hub for current information and advice on changes to our services due to COVID-19.

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