Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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Documents Required For Fumigation Certificates For Imported Goods

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice Notice 152-2021 dealing with documentary requirements for fumigation certificates for imported goods.

The Minimum documentary and import declarations requirements policy sets the requirements for documents submitted to the department for assessment of the biosecurity risk of goods imported into Australia.

This includes requirements for certification related to treatments conducted in exporting countries to mitigate potential biosecurity risks prior to shipment.

As a result of the recently updated minimum documentary and ...

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Two Western Australian men charged over cocaine importation

Two Perth men have been charged over the importation of 3.99 kilograms of cocaine into WA, worth a potential $1.6 million, hidden in purses sent from the United Kingdom.

Australian Federal Police will allege the package of purses was delivered to the Willagee home of a 28-year-old man and he was arrested after he allegedly opened the consignment.

Further police inquiries allegedly revealed a Southern River man, also 28, was also involved in the importation and he was arrested.

An investigation into the ...

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Five arrested and 77kg of heroin seized in WA – the biggest in the State’s history

Five men have been arrested in Western Australia over the importation of 77 kilograms of heroin, which Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found in a consignment of industrial kitchen equipment which arrived from Malaysia.

It is believed to be the biggest heroin seizure in WA’s history.

Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force, with the assistance of ABF, arrested the men on Tuesday 8 June (2021), after ABF officers at the Perth container facility allegedly found the illicit drugs last month.

After ...

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Australian Border Force (ABF) Target Asbestos in Imported Building Products

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is undertaking a targeted period of action against imported building products at risk of containing asbestos. Asbestos is a prohibited import. 

Asbestos is a Tier 1 good under the Customs Regulation 2015, and carries significant penalties for its unlawful importation. Offences relating to asbestos importation by individuals can attract fines of up to $222,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, and/or imprisonment for up to five years. For a body corporate the ...

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Two Sydney men arrested for importing cocaine

Two Sydney men have faced Central Local Court after allegedly importing $1.25 million worth of cocaine in two air freight parcels.

A 39-year-old Green Valley man and a 66-year-old Bonnyrigg man were arrested, after Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators executed a search warrant at the 39-year-old’s home.

The investigation into the importations began in April after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers noticed anomalies within a parcel labeled as an electric food warmer. An examination of the consignment revealed three kilograms of cocaine.

AFP ...

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230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives!

The Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives.

Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine ...

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Close to $100 million in drugs found in heaters and barbecues on Sydney cargo ship

Close to $100 million worth of methamphetamine (ice) been found concealed in electric barbecue grills and water heaters on a cargo ship docked in Sydney.

Police officers intercepted the Thai cargo vessel at Port Botany, where 62 large cardboard boxes were searched after the Australian Border Force (ABF) noted inconsistencies in the consignment details.

Once opened, officers found 316 kilograms of a crystallised substance which returned a “presumptive positive result” for methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of $94.5 million.

ABF officials have now ...

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Perth teenager charged with drug smuggling for allegedly trying to import 22kg of Heroin from China

A 17-year-old girl has been charged over her alleged role in a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling operation bringing heroin into Australia from China.

Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the Perth teen’s home earlier this month where they allegedly uncovered a package that was supposed to contain 22kg of heroin hidden in her bedroom wardrobe.

The dangerous drug had been switched out by investigators after a consignment of 254 vacuum sealed blocks of ‘half-catti’ Double UOGlobe-branded heroin was flagged by Chinese authorities, police say.

The ...

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Two more Australians arrested in connection to an international $301 million MDMA bust

Two more Australians have been arrested and charged in connection to a major joint international MDMA drug investigation originating in The Netherlands in 2019. The pair are accused of being members of an Australian-based criminal syndicate who attempted to take possession of 150kg of MDMA in Queensland in 2019.

Investigators allege the two men travelled from Sydney to Queensland in October 2019 to meet with a representative of a Netherlands-based criminal syndicate to acquire the illicit drugs. The duo have ...

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