The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has announced changes to the treatment requirements for goods considered to be highly manufactured wooden articles as they are deemed to pose a low biosecurity risk and can be released with minimal biosecurity intervention.

Highly Manufactured Wooden articles listed below will no longer require treatment and will be cleared by DAWR, provided:

  • each shipment is free from live insects and other biosecurity risks prior to arrival in Australia
  • the goods are clearly described so that they can be identified as highly manufactured wooden articles on the commercial invoice. Where consignments are not accompanied by documents that adequately describe the product the consignment will be inspected at an approved arrangement site to verify the goods are highly processed wooden articles and are free from biosecurity risk material.
  • Timber packaging, pallets or dunnage associated with the consignment may be subject to inspection and treatment on arrival, unless sufficient evidence of a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources approved treatment is provided.

Only wooden articles listed on the below table are affected by these changes. These new requirements are expected to reduce the cost of importation and as the goods will no longer require treatment before they can be released by DAWR.

Magellan Logistics_Table of Highly Manufactured Wooden Articles

All other wooden articles will require treatment by an approved method before they will be released by DAWR.  Please review to our information sheet on Importing Timber Products into Australia and China Fumigation Certificates.

Magellan has your back on this and other freight and customs matters.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with me via alex@maglog.com.au or call your Magellan Customer Service Team member on 1300 651 888.

For further detail, please refer to the BICON case at Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

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