Delays In Import Permit Processing!

The Department of Agriculture has advised of lengthy delays in the processing of import permit applications.

The department has provided an update on turnaround times for permit applications to import animal and microbial derived goods for human consumption, human therapeutic use, human cosmetic use, and ornamental goods.

Effective 20 September 2021, the department warned to expect delays of several weeks to normal permit assessment processing times.

The notice to industry included the following information:

While the department aims to process permit applications within twenty business days, as per the service charter, the process of assessing permit applications can take longer for several reasons which include but are not limited to:

  • The number of products listed on your application
  • The need to request additional information from suppliers to determine the biosecurity risk level
  • Competing priorities (such as urgent system changes and higher than normal workload volumes)

Recently, the technical teams responsible for assessing these commodities have experienced an unanticipated reduction in resources that manage these permit applications. The department is currently addressing this issue.”

To help avoid further unnecessary delays, we recommend working with our customs team to submit applications as early as possible and well before planning to ship regulated goods to Australia. We can work with you to make sure that the pre-submission documentation is correct, meets all the minimum requirements and has all of the necessary information for the department to make an assessment

Remember, it is an offence to ship regulated (permit required) goods to Australia without a valid permit already in place.

If you have any questions, please Call our Customs team today! (08) 9455 2488

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