01 April 2016

The Australian Government enforces provisions when shipping wooden articles

In August 2014 we advised of the introduction of new laws requiring importers to perform their due diligence to ensure their imported wooden articles are not from illegal logging.

The Australian government gave an 18 month grace period for importers to gather the necessary information from suppliers and manufactures.

As of June 1st 2016 the illegal logging community questions will come into force requiring all customs brokers to answer the question if the importer has done their due diligence. If you are unable to provide evidence to this effect the customs broker will need to answer “NO” the importer has not completed due diligence.

How will this affect me?

Your shipment will not be held up in any way by us answering “NO” to the question, HOWEVER this information goes to the regulatory body who will eventually knock on your door and request an explanation as to why due diligence has not been completed and offer assistance in helping you understand your new obligations.

Find more information visit the quarantine web site or contact you nominated customs broker for guidance.

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