The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DWAR or Quarantine) have announced that with the implementation of the new Biosecurity Act 2015, there will be some changes to Used Machinery Import requirements.

From 16 June 2016 an import permit will no longer be required for any Used Machinery, Equipment and Part. There will be no changes to the import conditions of new machinery, equipment, and parts.

The advantage to importers is that it will reduce the cost burden to importers in regard to eliminating the fees for the import permit applications.

All other requirements remain the same. These commodities are still subject to specific import conditions under BICON, including cleaning of low risk consignments, and re-export of unacceptably contaminated consignments.

Importers may choose to delay importing these products until after 16 June 2016 to avoid the need to obtain import permits under the current legislation.

DWAR is currently reviewing the conditions and procedures relating to assessment of Used Machinery, Equipment and Parts on import to Australia. They will seek industry consultation regarding the proposed changes and will invite comment. This should be in July/August.

We will be participating in the industry engagement on behalf of our customers, however if you would also like to be involved please let us know and we will keep you informed as further information becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the changes, or any other matter regarding machinery imports, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +61 7 3414 4334.