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Changes to Packing Declarations
These declarations must be in place by June 10 2017 for all shipments arriving by sea freight or there will be delays in clearance of sea freight cargo.

We would like to again bring to your attention a key change that will affect “Prohibited packaging material statement” since the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015, which places restriction on the use of the term ‘prohibited’ in relations to packing material.

Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non commodity information requirements policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has received legal advice that the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’ must only be used under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The DAWR will continue to accept the prohibited packaging statement until 16 June 2017.

To download the new packing declaration templates see below:

Annual Packing Declaration Template

FCL LCL Packing Declaration Template

It is paramount that clients inform their suppliers/packers of this change to ensure they comply after 16 June 2017.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact one of our helpful staff in the Customs department on 1300 1 TOMAX.