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Commodity: Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, laboratory - Live
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Country: All countries
End use: Post-entry quarantine
Date printed: Oct 22 2014
The information here covers DAFF quarantine requirements only and is current on the date of transmission but may change without notice. DAFF 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 DAFF 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 DAFF.

Notification of the import must be provided to DAFF 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).


Condition  C8406 1 May 2000

Conditions of administration

1. An import permit is required and must be valid at the time the goods are imported into Australia.

Permit applications  must be sent for assessment to:

Animal Import Operations Branch
Department of Agriculture                     Fax +61 2 6272 3110
GPO Box 858                                      Email animalimports@agriculture.gov.au
Canberra 2601                                     Phone +61 2 6272 4454

2. A Quarantine Entry must be lodged for each consignment. All live laboratory animals are subject to Department of Agriculture inspection and officers should to refer to the relevant work instruction (Clearance of Live Laboratory Animals) for clearance procedures.

3. 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.

4. For specimens subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the live import provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 the importer will, in most cases, need to obtain a valid import permit from the Department of the Environment prior to the specimen arriving in Australia. Application forms for the export/import of wildlife and wildlife products are available from the Department of the Environment.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Phone +61 2 6274 1900                                 
Fax +61 2 6274 1921
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au           
Website: http://www.environment.gov.au

5. The importation of genetically modified laboratory animals is subject to guidelines published by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

Enquiries may be directed to:

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (MDP 54)
PO Box 100
Woden ACT 2606
Phone: +61 1800 181 030
Email: ogtr@health.gov.au
Website: www.ogtr.gov.au

6. Animals (including insects) must be shipped in secure, escape proof containers that are clearly labelled ‘Live animals under quarantine’. The container must meet the container requirements specified in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations. Consignments that arrive in inappropriate containers or damaged containers may be destroyed or exported.

7. One importer, as listed on the import permit, or nominated agent, must be accessible to departmental officers and accept responsibility for ensuring that all import conditions are met including the inspection by the department.

8. Consignments must be addressed and sent to the department at the port of arrival.

9. The importer must notify the departmental office in the state of import in writing at least three business days prior to import. The notification must include the Department of Agriculture import permit number, flight number, airway bill number, date and estimated time of arrival and list of animals being imported.

10. The importer or agent must make an appointment for the inspection of animal(s) and documentation by the department. The inspecting officer from the department must be advised of the entry number prior to inspection. 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.

11. Under the Quarantine Services Fees Determination (2005), fees are payable to the department for all services.

12. Consignments that do not meet the department’s import conditions, will remain in quarantine control, be exported or destroyed without recompense.

Condition  C8445 2 March 2000

Format of the health certificate

1. A health certificate that conforms to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code 2009 must accompany each consignment; and must:

  • be written in English, and a language understood by the Official Veterinarian of the country of export
  • meet all requirements of the “health certification” section of these conditions
  • provide identification for each consignment, including species, sex and number of animals or for fertile eggs the description of each egg layer
  • include the Department of Agriculture import permit number
  • include the name and address of the exporter
  • include the name and address of the importer
  • include the nature and identification of the means of transport
  • in the case of reproductive material, include an attached table showing details of the donor(s), dates of the isolation period, semen collection dates, semen straw identification, dates of sampling for tests, type of tests used and test results.

2. An Official Veterinarian** must sign, date and stamp (with the stamp of the government veterinary administration) each page of the health certificate and all documents eg laboratory reports and tables which form part of the extended health certification. The Official Veterinarians name, title and contact details must also appear.

3. The department will accept copies of documents where each page bears the original signature, date and stamp of the Official Veterinarian.

** A veterinary official of the government veterinary administration.

Condition  C9232 PROTOCOL FOR THE IMPORTATION OF LIVE FISH FOR LABORATORY PURPOSES

Conditions for the importation of aquatic animals for laboratory purposes

These conditions apply to annelid worms, malacostracans (crabs, shrimp, beach hoppers, krill, pill bugs, mantis shrimp, lobsters etc), cnidarians (sea nettles, polyps), echinoderms (urchins, sea cucumber, starfish, brittle star), molluscs, fish and fish embryos (excluding Danio  rerio).

Owner/exporter declaration for the importation of aquatic animals for laboratory purposes

1. The owner of the facility or exporter must sign a declaration that:

  • Safety precautions will be maintained during shipment and handling to prevent the escape of any animal(s) or product from which another animal could be produced and to prevent escape of any pathogens or pests.
  • The transport container shall be sealed prior to export in a tamper proof manner using either official seals of the government veterinary administration or seals provided by the source institution.
  • The animal(s) and/or eggs are free from clinical signs of disease, including parasites.
  • The animal(s) and/or eggs are being consigned to a QAP within an Australian scientific institution for research purposes.

Post arrival quarantine requirements for the importation of aquatic animals for laboratory purposes

1. On arrival in Australia the animals/eggs must be transported directly to the QAP listed above. Each animal, egg and animal produced from the imported animal(s) must remain in the QAP for the duration of their lives.

2. On arrival at the QAP the transport containers and all material held therein (excluding the aquatic animals) must be either:

  • destroyed by autoclave or incineration

or

  • disinfected with chlorine (200ppm final concentration) or Virkon

3. Overseas water, waste water produced in the QAP and all water contacting the aquatic animals must be treated prior to release from the QAP using chlorine (200ppm final concentration).

4. All parts of the animal’s environment must be immersed in chlorine (200ppm final concentration) or Virkon prior to disposal.

5. All non-disposable equipment within the facility must be disinfected with chlorine (200ppm final concentration) or Virkon before being used with other animals.

6. The QAP must have work practices and adequate security to prevent the escape of any animal(s) or product from which another animal could be produced and to prevent escape of any pathogens or pests.

7. The animals, genetic material and in contact animals are to be used only for research purposes within the facility.

8. All in-contact animals must remain in the QAP and become subject to these conditions.

9. The Department of Agriculture must grant written approval prior to the transfer of any animal to another QAP.

10. On completion of work, all animals and their progeny and in-contact animals must be euthanased and disposed of by incineration or autoclaving.

Condition  C5012 The commodity may be subject to Environment Australia legislation

This commodity or species may be subject to the Australian Government Department of the Environment legislation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Commodities/species known to be, or considered to be covered by CITES will be referred to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection) on arrival to Australia, in addition to their need to satisfy quarantine import conditions.

CITES queries can be directed to the Department of the Environment on the details below:

Phone:        +61 2 6274 1900 (option 3)
 
Email:         wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au
Internet:      www.environment.gov.au

 

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.

Further information on Department’s fees and charges can be found on the Departmental website. Import Permit issuing fees are specified in the Quarantine Service Fees Determination 2005.


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