Import case details - public listing
|Commodity:||Marine Fish - Live|
Eels, Live aquarium fish, Live fish, Live marine fish, Marine Fish - Live, Piscine, Sea horses, Syngnathidae, tropical fish
|End use:||Post-entry quarantine|
|Date printed:||Oct 7 2015|
The information here covers Department of Agriculture quarantine requirements only and is current on the date of transmission but may change without notice.
Department of Agriculture makes no warranties or representations with respect to the accuracy or completeness of that information and will bear no liability with
respect to that information. Importers must satisfy quarantine concerns and comply with quarantine conditions applicable at the time of entry.
The Commonwealth through Department of Agriculture is not liable for any costs arising from or associated with decisions of importers to import based on conditions
presented here which are not current at the time of importation. It is the importer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy and completeness of the
information at the time of importation.
It is the importer’s responsibility to identify and to ensure it has complied with, all requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies prior to and after importation including the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and any State agencies such as Departments of Agriculture and Health and Environmental Protection authorities.
Importers should note that this list is not exhaustive. Importers should also note that all foods imported into Australia must comply with the provisions of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 , an Act which is administered by Department of Agriculture.
Notification of the import must be provided to Department of Agriculture for all imported goods other than goods imported as accompanied baggage or goods imported via the mail and not prescribed under the Customs Act 1901. Notification must be consistent with Quarantine Regulations 2000 (examples include a Quarantine Entry or a Quarantine declaration).
Conditions of Administration
1. An Import Permit is required and must be valid at the time the goods are imported into Australia. Import Permit applications must be sent to Animal Import Operations Branch – Department of Agriculture Canberra, for assessment.
Animal Import Operations Branch
2. Import Permits are granted for a one-year period, starting from the date of issue. Importers may use the permit to import unlimited numbers of fish during this period (subject to meeting the conditions of the Import Permit). It is the importer’s responsibility to ensure that they have a current permit prior to the import of fish.
3. Importers are required to identify that they have access to Quarantine Approved Premises for the post arrival quarantine of fish before a permit application will be approved. Quarantine premises will only be approved, as a place for performance of quarantine of live fish under section 46A of the Quarantine Act 1908, when they meet the department’s standards. An application form for approval of premises for the quarantine of live ornamental finfish may be obtained from the department.
4. The department must be given at least three (3) working days notice of the intended arrival of the fish in Australia. This should be done by emailing/faxing the department’s office located in the Australian state in which the fish will arrive. A consignment notification form is included with an Import Permit
5. A Quarantine Entry must be lodged for each consignment. The department’s inspecting officer must be advised of the entry number prior to inspection.
6. It is the importer’s responsibility to identify and to ensure compliance with all requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies prior to and after importation. It is the importer’s responsibility to arrange for any additional testing for genetic and endemic infectious diseases, or for movement of fish into certain animal health zones within Australia.
7. The importer or agent must make an appointment for inspection of the fish and documentation by departmental officers. The importer or agent may be required to be present at this inspection. The consignment will be held by the department until completion of inspection. Fees are payable to the department for all services.
8. Consignments must be addressed and sent to the department at the port of arrival. Each consignment must be accompanied by a valid Import Permit (or copy) or by means to allow the identification of the Import Permit and the animal Health Certificate as required by these conditions.
9. The importer, as listed on the Import Permit, or nominated agent, must be accessible to Department of Agriculture officers and accept responsibility for ensuring that all import conditions are met including the departmental inspection.
10. Consignments that do not meet the department’s import conditions will remain in quarantine control, and be exported or destroyed without recompense. Any fish species not listed on the List of Permitted Live Fish Suitable for Import (Marine or Freshwater) will be exported or destroyed, while prohibited material or material of quarantine concern will be seized and destroyed, all at the importer’s expense.
Format of the health certificate
1. The Health Certificate must accompany each consignment and must:
· be written in English, and a language understood by the Competent Authority of the country of export
· meet all requirements of the “health certification” section of these conditions
2. The Health Certificate must include:
· the Department of Agriculture Import Permit number
· the exporters name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address
· the shipping invoice number
· a list of the individual boxes destined for export and the identification numbers and any other details of each box
· a list of the scientific name/s and numbers (tails of fish) in each box destined for export.
3. An Official of the Competent Authority of the Government of the exporting country, having an appropriate knowledge of fish health and the export premises, must endorse (sign and stamp using a stamp of the government health or agriculture administration) each page of the:
· Health Certificate; and
· shipping invoice or packing list or species list
The department will only accept copies of documents where each page bears the original signature, date and stamp of the Competent Authority.
4. The health certification must include the following information concerning the endorsing officer
· name and title
· location at which the certification was issued
· name of the government administration
· date of certification
· phone number
· fax number
· e-mail address
Importation of marine ornamental (aquarium) fish
(22 August 2000)
These conditions apply to species of marine ornamental (aquarium) finfish that have been assessed as suitable for importation. The list of approved species is provided below and is included with the department’s Import Permit.
All fish imported under this permit are to be used for display (aquarium, ornamental) purposes only. Fish imported under this permit must not be used for non-display purposes, including:
•the feeding of aquarium fish
•the feeding of aquaculture stocks;
•for aquaculture purposes.
Use of fish imported under this permit for non-display purposes is prohibited under section 33 of Part 5 of the Quarantine Proclamation 1998. In determining the purpose for use of the imported fish, any statement on the permit or to a quarantine officer may be deemed to be the stated use of the goods (section 5 of the Quarantine Proclamation 1998).
A breach of this condition is a breach of an import permit granted under the Quarantine Proclamation 1998 and may be an offence under section 67(5) of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Live marine fish may only be imported from the following approved countries:
Each consignment must only include fish that are sufficiently mature to permit accurate identification. Fish that cannot be identified will be exported or destroyed at the importers expense
1. Only finfish listed in the List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import are included in this consignment, and are documented on the attached invoice.
2. The fish in the consignment have been inspected within seven (7) days prior to export and show no clinical signs of infectious disease or pests.
3. The fish were exported from premises approved to export marine fish to Australia by a Department of Agriculture recognised Competent Authority of the exporting country.
[Standards for the approval of export premises are included in the department’s import permit.]
4. The fish were collected from an area at least 5 kilometres from any finfish aquaculture operation and the fish in the consignment have not come into contact with water, equipment or fish associated with farmed food fish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing).
5. The fish are not sourced from a population associated with any significant infectious disease or pests and there have not been any outbreaks of infectious fish disease or pests in the areas from which the fish have been collected during the 6 months prior to collection.
6. The fish are wild caught and have not been bred or hatched on a farm or other premises.
Standards for Competent Authority approval of marine ornamental finfish exporters
1. The Competent Authority should ensure that the following criteria are met when approving the exporter and the premises for the export of marine fish to Australia.
2. A Department of Agriculture recognised Competent Authority of the exporting country must have in place a system for the approval of marine ornamental finfish exporters to ensure that such exporters maintain standards required for export of marine ornamental finfish to Australia. The system is subject to audit by the department at any time.
[Animal Quarantine Policy Memorandum 1999/62 — Guidelines for the approval of countries to export animals (including fish) and their products to Australia — provides guidelines for the approval of countries to export animals and their products, including ornamental finfish, to Australia.]
3. The Competent Authority of the exporting country must have the authority to suspend or withdraw export certification or approval of an exporter at any time if the requirements are not being met.
4. Approval of exporters must be undertaken by a responsible official of the Competent Authority of the exporting country whose duties relate to fish health and who has knowledge of the export operations.
5. Before approving premises for export of marine ornamental finfish to Australia, a Competent Authority must have in place a system that ensures:
· that the fish being exported to Australia are not sourced from an area associated with any significant infectious fish disease or pests, nor from an area within 5 kilometres of foodfish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing) aquaculture operations
· that the fish collection and holding (if applicable) operations do not come into contact with water, equipment or fish associated with farmed foodfish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing)
· the competence and integrity of the exporter
· that the exporter is aware of the conditions which apply to the export of fish to Australia, including the species permitted for export to Australia at the time of export, and understands the restrictions which apply to such transactions.
· The fish are wild caught and have not been bred or hatched on a farm or other premises.
Standards for handling and packaging of live marine and freshwater ornamental fish for export to Australia
1. All fish in the consignment must be packaged in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations.
2. All fish in the consignment must be packaged in leak-proof bags, each bag containing only one species. The bag must be colourless and sufficiently transparent to enable proper inspection and identification of the fish and must not contain any extraneous matter, unapproved plant material, pests or unauthorised species of fish. The use of outer bags of opaque materials or half-black bags to provide a dark shipping environment is acceptable provided the contents of the bag can be properly inspected to the department’s satisfaction.
3. The inclusion of inert material such as zeolite, activated carbon, shredded plastic or dried terrestrial plants is permitted provided the contents of the bag can be properly inspected to the department’s satisfaction and the material is disinfected or destroyed as directed by the department.
4. The bags must be placed within polystyrene boxes or cartons fitted with a plastic lining. Each box or carton must be clearly identified as a part of a consignment and be individually identified.
5. The consignment must be accompanied by documents that include the identification number of each box or carton, and the scientific name and number of the contained fish. It is recommended that the common names of the fish also be included on the papers.
6. The fish in each bag must be stocked at a density that will facilitate inspection and hence must not be overcrowded. When packed for export, fish must be placed in clean water. The use of a pH indicator in the water is permissible, provided it does not interfere with inspection.
Post arrival quarantine requirements for the importation of ornamental (aquarium) fish
1. All shipments of marine ornamental finfish will be inspected by the Department of Agriculture on arrival to ensure that they:
· are healthy
· the health certification and invoice is in order
· are an approved species
· do not contain prohibited material or material of quarantine concern.
Fish not meeting these criteria and prohibited material will be seized or exported or destroyed at the importers expense.
2. All marine ornamental finfish will be ordered into quarantine by the department at approved ornamental fish quarantine premises (QAP) on arrival, for 7 days.
3. Where fish have been inspected by the department on arrival and found to satisfy all import conditions the entire consignment of fish is to be moved directly to the QAP named on the Import Permit. Any significant event occurring during transport of the fish to the QAP e.g. accidents, loss of fish, loss of water must be reported to the department within 2 hours of the event.
4. At the end of the quarantine period, the fish will be inspected by the department and must be found free from clinical signs of pest and disease before they will be released from quarantine.
5. Quarantine detention will be performed in accordance with Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) criteria 7.1 under Section 46A of the Quarantine Act 1908.
[Standards for a QAP for the holding of ornamental fish can be obtained from the department’s regional offices.]
6. Based on fish species, country of origin, historical factors or any other relevant information, the department may test samples of imported fish during quarantine to determine their health status. The cost of such testing will be borne by the importer.
7. In the event of any imported fish showing clinical signs or producing a positive result to any tests indicating the presence of an infectious disease agent or pest, the department may cause any or all of the fish in the premises to be either detained in quarantine for further observation, testing and treatment, or be destroyed. Costs of any such action will be borne by the importer. If any fish are destroyed during any period of quarantine, compensation will not be paid by the Government.
8. Parties seeking to use alternative risk reduction measures to those listed in these conditions - for example, an extended period of quarantine detention or a specified testing regimen must obtain prior approval of alternative measures from the department. A submission including supporting scientific data that clearly explain the degree to which alternative measures would reduce risk, should be provided to the department for consideration.
9. At any time at the department’s discretion a permit/approval may be revoked or modified if these conditions are not met or if there is a change in quarantine risk.
Note: A copy of the Import Risk Analysis (IRA) on which these import conditions are based is available from the Biosecurity Australia section of the department’s website at Finalised Import Risk Analysis: Ornamental Finfish
List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for
Importers are advised to check that this list is current at the time of importation. Only fish appearing on this list on the day of import will be eligible for entry into Australia.
Only live ornamental fish included on the department’s List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import are eligible for importation into Australia from approved countries.
The current List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import can be found on the ICON Database.
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In ‘Commodity’ type: Marine Fish
Select: “Marine Fish – Live”
List of Competent Authorities
Bahrain - Marine fish only
Federated States of Micronesia
Indonesia – Bali
Tawain – Marine fish only
Tanzania – Marine fish only
USA (includes Hawaii)
Vanuatu- Marine fish only
|Entry Management  EM0186
|Import Permit Fee  IPF0005
Import Permit Fees (where applicable) – Category 4
This commodity is classified as a Category 4 assessment for the purposes of determining the Import Permit fee rate that applies. The fee rate is $360.00 (for any assessment period up to 3 hours) and $40.00 for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 3-hour period. Note that in addition to the assessment fee, an electronic lodgement fee of $125.00 or a manual lodgement fee of $225.00 also applies.
An assessable item means an item identified on an Import Permit application as consisting of goods of a class imported, or to be imported, from a particular country for a particular use.
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