Air cargo compliance verification

Commencing the 14 November, the Department of Water Resources – DAWR  (Quarantine) will commence additional screening of import commercial air cargo arriving into Australia.

The Department of Water Resources aim is to inspect 300 consignments Nation wide that would not normally be subject to biosecurity intervention.  The results from these inspections/surveys will build on data collected in February 2016, during the first rounds of surveying/inspecting.

The process for this additional screening will mimic the sea freight version, where as import shipments will be randomly selected via profiles in the Integrated Cargo System.

What does this mean to you?

During the survey period of November 14-27 your air cargo shipment might be subject to one of these random verification inspections.  No inspection fees will be applied for consignments that comply with biosecurity requirements. The inspections must take place at a Class 1 Approved Arrangement (AA) site and the consignment must remain intact and unopened.

You can help minimise delays with your air freight by ensuring that EES are provided with all import documentation prior to the air craft arrival into Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Gray – EES Customs Manager.