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March 19

GENERAL

Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) – Important Changes to Packing Declarations

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) have recently updated the packing declaration again which can be used with immediate effect.

The new packing declaration will officially be required for shipments that have departed from their origin on or after 1st July 2018.

So what’s changed?

DAWR has aligned the Non Commodity Information Requirements policy and the Non Commodity BICON Case with the import conditions for bamboo packaging. Bamboo packaging is now acceptable provided it is treated by an approved method prior to export or on arrival and does not need to be declared as unacceptable packaging.

These new declarations must be in place by 1st July 2018 for all shipments arriving by sea freight or there will be delays in clearance. DAWR WILL NOT accept the old Packing Declaration after the 1st July 2018 & shipments will require unpack inspection at the Importers cost if the old format is used.

Please ensure your suppliers are aware of this new format for your future shipments.

To download the new Packing Declaration templates please Click Here.