Machinery not meeting the acceptable cleanliness standards of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources may not be permitted entry into Australia. It is the importer’s responsibility to ensure all machinery arrives in Australia free from biosecurity risk material, such as soil, seeds, plant and animal materials.
New machinery is often contaminated through poor loading or by being field tested before shipment to Australia. The following images are examples of new machinery loaded in wet, muddy conditions which meant the consignment needed to be treated upon arrival.
Machinery can also become contaminated by plant and animal materials, such as seeds and birds’ nests, if it is stored outside prior to shipment. To prevent delays and to reduce costs, ensure all machinery is stored and loaded in clean conditions to prevent contamination.
Animal material: Any material that originates from, or is produced by, a living animal including hair, fur, skin, faeces, shell, blood and fluids, feathers, honey, flesh and bone.
Contamination: Any soil, plant or animal material located on the machinery.
Dismantled: All designated parts are removed from the machinery to facilitate the inspection of hollow or concealed sections.
New machinery: Any recently manufactured and/or assembled parts that are taken from the factory floor and transported without exposure to conditions that may lead to contamination. Conditions that may lead to contamination include field testing and extended storage in areas exposed to the environment.
Plant material: Any material that originates from, or is produced by, a plant including pollen, spores, flowers, seeds, gum, leaves, branches, roots, stems, bark, wood and fruits.
Biosecurity risk material (BRM): The presence of material of biosecurity concern, including seeds, soil, grain, plant and animal material.
Used machinery: Includes used, second-hand machinery and new machinery that has been field tested or factory trialled where soil, animal or plant material has been introduced or has come into contact with the machinery. All used machinery must be declared to the department and be inspected for biosecurity risk material.