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Australian Quarantine

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Australian Quarantine

Australia's unique environment and important agricultural industries are free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world. The movement of personal effects is one way these could be introduced. For example, outdoor furniture could harbour timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. When preparing for your removal you need to ensure that all your goods are free from contaminants i.e. making sure that all garden tools, outdoor furniture, lawnmowers, bicycles, sporting equipment, shoes and boots are free of soil and seed contaminants and your vacuum cleaner is thoroughly cleaned, bag emptied and disposed of (where necessary). If you are taking your car you need to make sure that it is thoroughly clean inside and out taking special care under the vehicle including the wheel arches.

AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) works to protect Australia's natural and economic assets from these risks while facilitating the international movement of people and goods. Because of these risks you must advise AQIS of specific items in your consignment. Transworld will supply you with the Australian "Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement" (B534) for you to make your declaration. There are penalties for providing false or misleading information on this form so talk to your sales consultant if you are unsure about any of the questions.

An AQIS examination is mandatory on all shipments of personal effects and motor vehicles on their arrival into Australia. The examination needs to be done at a Quarantine-approved depot and Transworld will automatically make arrangements with our agent to have your goods examined at their Quarantine-approved furniture warehouse. There will be an additional cost for the examination and if further treatment is required. Treatment may include steam cleaning for the removal of soil contamination, fumigation of timber items to destroy insect pests, heat treatment to devitalise plant material or seizure and destruction of prohibited items.

When Transworld packs your shipment we compile an inventory of each item which in-turn assists AQIS in finding specific at risk goods. If you are packing your own goods, do not use second hand cartons that were originally used for fruit, vegetables, flowers, used egg cartons, straw or sawdust - these are all prohibited imports.

For further information on Australian Quarantine contact us today.

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