Chemical and mined fertiliser

​​​​​​​​​​​​Chemical fertiliser is a product that results from a manufacturing process. It includes (but is not limited to):

  • ammonium nitrate
  • calcium nitrate
  • potash
  • potassium nitrate
  • urea
  • mono-ammonium phosphate
  • di-ammonium phosphate.

Mined fertiliser is a natural, non-organic product mined from the earth itself. It includes (but is not limited to):

  • rock phosphate
  • sulfur
  • mineralised humic-based fertiliser
  • guano-based fertiliser.

Public consultation for Inorganic Fertiliser policy

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is in the process of reviewing the Inorganic Fertiliser Policy documents.  There are two fertiliser policy documents currently in place: the ‘Imported Containerised Mined and Chemical Fertiliser Audit and Inspection Protocols’; and the ‘Imported Bulk Cargo Fertiliser Audit and Inspection Protocols’.

This review process aims to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of arrangements under the policy governing the import of inorganic fertiliser to Australia.  A discussion paper has been developed based on initial consultation with the peak fertiliser industry body, Fertilizer Australia Inc.  The discussion paper invites submissions from interested parties on proposed changes to these policies.

Making a Submission

Submissions may be lodged by email (preferred) or by mail and must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet. 

Submissions can be emailed to Air and Sea Cargo or sent via hard copy to:

Cargo and Mail Section
Compliance Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
PO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601

The closing date for submissions is Friday 18 August 2017.

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Review of Import Policy for Inorganic Fertiliser PDF 13796 KB
Review of Import Policy for Inorganic Fertiliser DOCX 13108 KB
Cover Sheet – Response to review of Import Policy for Inorganic Fertiliser PDF 1480 KB
Cover Sheet – Response to review of Import Policy for Inorganic Fertiliser DOCX 1120 KB

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Further information

Should you require further information, email Air and Sea Cargo.

Application to import chemical and mined material

Chemical and mined fertiliser require biosecurity import permits before they can be imported. The only exceptions are:

  • liquid chemical fertiliser
  • chemical fertiliser packed at the place of production, in new packaging, in units of 100 kg or less.

The Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) contains information on import requirements and applying for an import permit.

Inspection protocols

Our inspection protocols are for chemical or mined fertiliser imported as bulk in ships' holds, or as containerised cargo. The protocols include documentation requirements and information about the importation and clearance of your chemical or mined fertiliser.

Bulk

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Imported bulk cargo fertiliser inspection protocols PDF 52312 KB
Imported bulk cargo fertiliser inspection protocols DOC 52447 KB

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Containerised

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DocumentPagesFile size
Imported containerised fertiliser audit and inspection protocols PDF 311.4MB
Imported containerised fertiliser audit and inspection protocols DOC 31323 KB

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Further information

Contact Imports.

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