As of the 11th of September the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has increased the allowable time between treatment and export from 21 days to six calendar months for treated manufactured wooden articles.  As a result, DAWR will now require an additional declaration for manufactured wooden articles that have been treated offshore by heat, fumigation or irradiation methods depending upon how they have been stored after their treatment.

The declaration for manufactured wooden articles can be produced by the manufacturer, supplier or exporter. These declarations will give assurance to the department that the manufactured wooden articles are free from pests as the goods have been stored in an appropriate way.

What the declaration means?

Storage in an appropriate way may differ between facilities. The person responsible for signing the declaration(s) must be satisfied about at least one of the following at each place of storage, which indicates storage in an appropriate way:

  • That the manufacturing/storage facility is clean and free of pests; and/or
  • That the manufacturing/storage facility has a pest management system or process in place that maintains the manufacturing/storage facility to be free of pests; and/or
  • That the manufacturing/storage facility has a process for eliminating infestations in the manufacturing/storage facility; and/or
  • That the manufacturing/storage facility has a separate storage facility for treated timber/wooden products to any untreated timber/wooden products; and/or
  • The manufacturing process includes a packaging process that ensures that goods are immediately protected from infestation or contamination from pests after manufacture, e.g. boxing/plastic wrapping.

Who can complete the Declaration?

The declaration can be completed by the manufacture or the exporter.  A template for declarations is attached.

Manufacturer’s Declaration or Supplier’s Declaration

“The <<insert product name/description>> have been stored in an appropriate way to minimise the risk of infestation or contamination by pests of biosecurity concern between the date that the goods *were treated/*entered the facility, and when the goods *were exported/*left the facility.”

*use applicable phrase.

Exporter’s Declaration

“The <<insert product name>> were stored after treatment at the following locations in an appropriate way to minimise the risk of infestation or contamination by pests of biosecurity concern:

<<list the following information about each product line: country of origin, the storage locations (address) and the dates the items were at each specific location>>

What type of declaration should I provide?

For goods that have been stored in one location in the same country of origin as the country of export, importers should obtain a manufacturer’s declaration or supplier’s declaration.

For goods that are stored at multiple facilities after treatment OR where the country of origin differs from the country of export, importers should either:

  • obtain separate declarations from all facilities where the goods were stored prior to export
    or
  • obtain an exporter’s declaration.

The exporter’s declaration should chronologically list the storage location and timeframe of storage that accounts for the time that the goods were stored in each location prior to export

Do my goods require a declaration?

Not all treated wooden articles will require a statement, this will depend on how the goods have been stored.

The below table provides guidance on when a declaration is required.

A declaration for manufactured wooden articles is required when:

 Appropriate storage declarations conditions

 

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