New Packing Declaration Template as of 1st July 2018

Fremantle1/ May 24, 2017/ Customs and Quarantine Updates

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have published a new Packing Declaration for all seafreight shipments entering into Australia.

Recently, Quarantine aligned their BICON case for packaging with the import conditions for bamboo packaging. Bamboo packaging is now acceptable, provided it is treated by an approved method prior to export or on arrival and does not need to be declared as unacceptable packaging.
Old Packing Declarations and Annual Packing Declarations will not be accepted after 1st July 2018!

You can download the new templates at the following two links Packing Declaration and Annual Packing Declaration.

What materials can i not use for packing?

The use of ANY of the following goods as packing material is prohibited absolutely. If present, the consignment will be detained by Quarantine. This is to ensure that the packing is destroyed at an Quarantine approved premise and by an Quarantine approved method upon arrival. The costs to the importer can be significant. They may include storage and unpack charges in addition to the costs of disposal of the prohibited material.

If prohibited packing is present and cannot be removed the consignment must be re-exported or destroyed at the importer’s expense.


  • Bark
  • Chaff
  • Used empty bags
  • Used egg cartons
  • Used fruit & vegetable cartons
  • Used flower cartons
  • Used tyres
  • Peat moss
  • Hay
  • Rice Hulls
  • Rice Straw
  • Straw (and strawboard)
  • Sand bags
  • Soil bags
  • Sphagnum moss

If you have any questions or concerns about what your supplier can or cannot use the package your shipments, please give us a call on 08 9430 5744.