Compliance-based Inspection Scheme

​Note: in addition to the eligible plant products already on the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme, the department is also trialing similar arrangements for other plant commodities including peat and selected vegetable seeds, and lemons and limes from the United States of America (USA).

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources runs a Compliance-based Inspection Scheme (formerly known as the Plant Product Pathway Q-ruler and the Continuous Sampling Plan) for the importation of selected plant products to Australia.

The scheme rewards importers of these products who demonstrate consistent compliance with Australia’s biosecurity requirements with a reduction in the number of inspections at the border. These importers benefit from reduced inspection costs and faster clearance of their goods.

To qualify for reduced inspection frequency under the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme, importers will need to:

  • import an eligible product
  • meet the requirements for repeated compliance.

Eligible products

Since the implementation of the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme in July 2013, the following plant products have since been added to the scheme:

Dried fruit and herbs

Product

Tariff code

Date added to CBIS

Qualification number

Reduced Rate

Allspice of the genus Pimenta (dried, neither crushed nor ground)

09042100

July 2016

5

10%

Apples (dried)

08133000

November 2015

5

10%

Apricots (dried)

08131000

July 2013

10

10%

Capsicum and chilli of the genus Capsicum (dried, neither crushed nor ground)

09042100

July 2016

5

10%

Coconut (desiccated)

08011100

November 2015

5

10%

Dates (dried)

08041000

July 2013

10

10%

Grapes (dried)

08062000

August 2014

5

10%

Pepper of the genus Piper (dried, neither crushed or ground)

09041100

July 2016

5

10%

Prunes (dried)

08132000

November 2015

5

10%

Saffron

09102000

July 2016

3

10%

Fresh fruit

Product

Tariff code

Date added to CBIS

Qualification number

Reduced Rate

Dates (from the USA only)

08041000

July 2013

10

10%

Chilled durian segments (from Thailand and Malaysia only)

08106000

May 2017

3

10%

Nuts

Product

Tariff code

Date added to CBIS

Qualification number

Reduced Rate

Almonds (raw, shell removed)

08021200

July 2015

5

50%

Brazil nuts (raw, shell removed)

08012200

July 2015

5

50%

Cashews (raw)

08013

August 2014

5

50%

Hazelnuts (raw, shell removed)

08022200

July 2015

5

50%

Macadamias (raw, shell removed)

08026200

July 2015

5

50%

Pistachios (raw, shell removed)

08025200

July 2015

5

50%

Walnuts (raw, shell removed)

08023200

July 2015

5

50%

Grains and seed

Product

Tariff code

Date added to CBIS

Qualification number

Reduced Rate

Green coffee beans (for processing)

09011

July 2013

10

50%

Malted grains

1107

June 2015

5

10%

Sesame seed (hulled)

12074000

July 2013

10

50%

Additional plant products are currently being assessed for the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme, with the aim to add more products in the near future.

Qualifying for reduced inspections

Importers of products on the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme are eligible to qualify for reduced inspections. The scheme is applied to eligible products automatically through the Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS) and currently does not require any additional action by importers and brokers.

To qualify for reduced inspections, importers must initially pass a defined number of consecutive document assessments and inspections on the eligible products.

This qualification number ranges from 3 to 10 (see tables above), depending on the risks associated with the commodity.

Exclusions

Mandatory inspections are still required for all consignments that are:

  • lodged in container mode
  • processed via the Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) scheme
  • restricted due to other biosecurity concerns.

Reduced inspection rates

Once an importer has qualified for reduced inspection, future consignments will be inspected at a reduced rate.

Reduced inspection rates range from 10 to 50 per cent depending on the commodity (see tables above).

The reduced rate is applied as a ‘probability of inspection’ individually to each eligible line within consignments using an automatic system tool in AIMS called the Plant Product Pathway Q-ruler. This means that any individual line may be selected to be inspected or not inspected. For example, if the inspection rate is 10 per cent for that product then every line has a one in 10 chance of being directed for an inspection.

If non-compliance is detected at inspection or documentation assessment, the importer will return to 100 per cent inspection until your meet the number of clean consignments required to return to the reduced rate.

Status of CBIS consignments in Integrated Cargo System

Customs brokers and freight forwarders importing under the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme may need to be aware of how the Integrated Cargo System will display status for a CBIS consignment.

Entries that contain a line of goods eligible for the CBIS that have been selected for inspection will automatically switch to a “CONDCLEAR” status in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) immediately after the entry is lodged.

The status changes before a documentation assessment has been conducted and before details of the AIMS directions associated with the consignment are sent to clients. The status will change to CONDCLEAR even if other lines in the entry are also subject to biosecurity control.

The CONDCLEAR status means that clearance remains subject to biosecurity conditions. The CONDCLEAR status allows the consignment to be moved to an appropriate approved arrangements site for inspection once the biosecurity direction has been issued, but no part of a consignment with a CONDCLEAR status can be released until the status is changed to CLEAR.

Details of the conditions associated with a CONDCLEAR status will be emailed out as AIMS directions. A CLEAR status will only be obtained once the biosecurity concerns for all lines have been addressed through documentation assessments, inspections and/or treatments (as required).

Further information

For more information on the Compliance-Based Inspection Scheme you can email Plant Import Operations or phone 1800 900 090.

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