Queensland Woman Charged with Importing 14kg of Methamphetamine from Mexico

A 29-year-old Queensland woman has faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with allegedly importing about 14kg of methamphetamine from Mexico.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the alleged drugs concealed inside boxes labelled as Mexican handicrafts that had arrived in international airfreight at Brisbane Airport.

Presumptive testing of a white powder concealed in the boxes returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police and officers created a replica consignment that was delivered to a Surfers Paradise address.

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BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (khapra measures).

What has changed?

From 30 September 2021, the department will make minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle.

IMPORTANT: There is no change to the ...

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Pair Jailed Over Multi-Million-Dollar Adelaide Methamphetamine Import

Two Adelaide men have each been sentenced to 12 years jail over a plot to import 18 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth up to $7 million, hidden in 4WD winches from Malaysia.

The South Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) launched an investigation into one of the men in February 2019, after Australian Border Force officers at Perth Airport examined his phone when he returned from a Bali holiday and found images of cash and what appeared to be illicit drugs.

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Sydney Man Linked to Plot to Import $8 Million Worth of Illicit Cigarettes

The investigation began after ABF officers detected approximately 800 hidden boxes of cigarettes in a sea cargo consignment at Port Botany. The goods had been declared as ‘brake shoe’. A deconstruction of the content of the shipping container revealed almost eight million illicit cigarettes, which had a total Customs duty payable of more than $8 million.

Members of the AFP, NSW Police Force and ABF executed multiple search warrants in the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown, Bass Hill, Cecil Hills and Kemps ...

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Khapra Beetle Phase 3 Measures: New Requirements for High-Risk Plant Products Imported via All Commercial Pathways

The Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment has issued import industry advice notice 177-2021 regarding Khapra Beetle phase 3 measures.

Phase 3 of the khapra beetle urgent actions will commence on 30 September 2021. To reduce the risk of khapra beetle entering Australia, new import conditions will apply to high-risk plant products exported on or after 30 September 2021. Import conditions will differ depending on the country of export.

Note: The new import conditions do ...

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Man Arrested For Importing Firearms and Firearms Parts

A 54 year old man has been arrested in Adelaide after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers located undeclared firearm parts concealed within his baggage on return to Australia from the United States of America.

Upon his return to Australia, the South Australian man was subject to a baggage examination by ABF officers at Sydney Airport, following forensic intelligence received from the Australian Federal Police.

During the baggage examination, officers located a number of firearms parts that would enable the assembly of a complete ...

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62 Year Old Man Charged Over Methamphetamine Found in Mail Import

A 62-year-old WA man has been charged after authorities intercepted approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a package from the United States.

Australian Border Force officers (ABF) in Perth found the illicit drugs after they examined a package described as documents. The box contained multiple A4 envelopes and 21 of those allegedly had a package containing a white substance hidden between sheets of paper. Testing of the substance returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The consignment was referred to Australian Federal ...

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Perth Man Arrested for Heroin Hidden in Mascara Bottles

A 28-year-old Perth man was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on 7 August 2021, charged with attempting to possess approximately 440 grams of heroin hidden in mascara bottles.

On 3 August 2021, Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of a consignment from South Africa which tested positive for heroin.

Australian Federal Police investigators were advised of the detection which resulted in officers executing a controlled delivery of the consignment to a residential address in the Perth suburb of Balga.

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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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