Have you purchased an animal and completed all of your permits/ health checks and need to arrange clearance through Australian Customs and Quarantine?We are able to complete the customs entry to ensure you are able to collect your Cat or Dog without any delays.If the purchase price for the animal was under AUD $1000 a SAC declaration can be completed and Duty and GST will not be payable, however if the value is over AUD $1000 GST is applicable.For example a dog from New Zealand arriving via AIRFREIGHT through Qantas.1. Quarantine will need to be informed of the dog a minimum of 3 days before arrival 2. You will need to contact us to ensure you complete a customs declaration form, and provide the purchase price for the dog if over $1000 and the freight amount3. Provide the health certificate and airway bill along with the invoice and freight price and documents will be lodged to Customs to receive the Declaration number4. Pay the GST owing to Customs and clearance fee.5. Once declaration number received, paperwork will be submitted to Quarantine so on arrival the Quarantine officers can CLEAR off your customs entry and release the dog to you.If you do not have the applicable health forms, please ensure these are obtained or your animal will not be allowed into Australia.email email@example.com for more information or to get your clearance arranged or phone 02 9540 5599
Cats and dogs entering Australia from New Zealand do not require an import permit. There is no Australian post entry quarantine period.
The following import conditions need to be met in order for cats and dogs to be eligible for importation into Australia.
Cats and dogs must have been continuously resident in New Zealand for 90 days immediately prior to export, or since direct importation from Australia or since birth.
Cats and dogs must not be under quarantine restrictions at the time of export.
Cats and dogs must be at least eight (8) weeks old at the time of export.
Cats and dogs must not be more than 40 days pregnant nor be suckling young at the time of export
In accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) cats that are derived from a cross with a wild cat species are not eligible for importation into Australia. This includes (but is not limited to) breeds such as the Savannah cat (which is a cat derived from crossbreeding a domestic cat (Felis catus) with a serval cat (Felis serval), the Safari cat (crossed with a Geoffroy cat, Leopardus geoffroyi) and the Chausie (crossed with the Jungle cat, Felis chaus). The only exception to this is the Bengal cat (Felis catus x Prionailurus bengalensis) which may continue to be imported provided it is five generations removed from the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis).
Under the legislation of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, dogs of the following pure–breeds are prohibited and are not eligible for importation into Australia:
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service can be contacted by phone: +61 2 6275 6666 or 1300 363 263 (within Australia) or by email customs information.
Any domestic/non-domestic animal hybrids (e.g. Savannah cats or wolf-dog crosses) are not eligible for import. The only exception to this is the Bengal cat (Felis catus x Prionailurus bengalensis) which may continue to be imported provided it is five generations removed from the Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis). Contact the Wildlife Trade Regulation Section, the Department of the Environment phone +61 6274 1111 or email.
An import permit is not required.
The exporter must sign a Statutory Declaration that:
The animal must be accompanied by a health certificate signed by a veterinarian approved to certify live cats and dogs to Australia by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) (formerly MAF). For further information see the MPI Biosecurity New Zealand website.
The health certificate must certify that:
These tests must be done after the dog has resided in New Zealand for a minimum of 21 days. This testing remains valid only if the dog is continuously resident in New Zealand from the sampling date until export to Australia.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources does not place any restrictions on the airline you choose. However, the animal must travel as “Manifested Cargo” (not in the cabin) and in an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved container (crate) for cats and dogs.
IATA guidelines can be viewed on the IATA website.
Strict compliance with crate specifications is vital for the safe and secure transport of your animal. Problems will occur if the animal can escape from its crate or if any part of its body (nose, limbs, or tail) can protrude. The IATA standards have been developed to prevent escape and injury during transportation.
For more details regarding IATA regulations contact the airline.
Assistance dogs may travel with their handler in the cabin, at the discretion of the airline.
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Allow at least one (1) hour for the animal to be released by airline cargo and cleared by the d epartment . Connecting flights must not leave within one hour of the animal’s arrival in Australia.
Payment of fees is usually collected by the airline carrying your animal, prior to export from New Zealand. The payment should appear on the air waybill. The department then invoices the airline to recover the fees. If the air waybill has not incorporated these fees the department will require payment prior to releasing your animal.
Cats and dogs that do not meet the above requirements may be ordered into quarantine, subjected to additional testing or treatment, or returned to New Zealand at the importer’s expense.
If you import an animal or animals into Australia there are legal requirements that must be met.
You will need to contact the Department of Agriculture (Agriculture) to ensure the importation will meet the conditions regarding species, country of origin and other quarantine requirements before you decide to import an animal.
More information is located on the Live Animals and Reproductive Material webpage of the Agriculture website.
Goods, including animals, have been imported into Australia if purchased, ordered or otherwise arranged to be brought or sent to Australia from overseas. If goods are sent to you, even unsolicited, you have imported those goods.
Imported pets are domesticated animals. Pets that you have owned for at least 12 months before you arrived in Australia or before you had your pet sent to Australia, may qualify as your personal belongings. Personal belongings may arrive with you in Australia or you may send them separately.
In most cases, pets and all other animals require an import permit from Agriculture prior to export from the country of origin. It is your responsibility as the importer to obtain the required permit. Further information is available on the Agriculture website.
CLEARANCE OF ANIMALS
The welfare of animals is a high priority for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and Agriculture. It is an Agriculture requirement that clearance of live animals is to be conducted at the first port of arrival regardless of the final destination for the animal/s.
After Agriculture requirements are met, ACBPS will facilitate clearance. If an animal arrives outside of normal business hours please contact Cargo Support on 1300 558 099 for assistance.
CATS AND DOGS
All dogs and cats being imported into Australia, whether it is for the first time or they are returning to Australia, must meet the standard Agriculture conditions. Different Agriculture conditions apply for the importation of disability assistance dogs.
DOGS – DANGEROUS BREEDS
Dogs of the following breeds are prohibited from import under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956:
American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
Pets that can currently be imported into Australia are:
birds – selected species from New Zealand only
cats – approved countries only
dogs – approved countries only
horses – approved countries only
rabbits – New Zealand only
Currently no other pet animals can be imported into Australia.
ANIMALS SENT AS CARGO
An import declaration is required if the value of the imported animal/s exceeds AUD$1000. Duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other charges may be payable. This applies if the animal is to become a pet, be used for breeding or other purposes.
For more information refer to the Import Declarations fact sheet.
Self-assessed Clearance (SAC) Declarations
A SAC Declaration is required if the value of the animal/s is at or below AUD$1000. No duty or GST is payable.
For more information refer to the Self-assessed Clearance (SAC) Declarations fact sheet.
Declarations should be made prior to the arrival of an animal to minimise any delays in clearance. February 2015
Personal belongings (pets)
Pets that arrive in Australia as, or with, your unaccompanied personal effects (UPEs) will be cleared as your UPEs. No import declaration is required.
For more information regarding UPEs, refer to the Sending your Personal Belongings to Australia as Cargo or by International Mail fact sheet.
ANIMALS BROUGHT WITH YOU
Pets as personal belongings that arrive in Australia with you on the same ship or aircraft will be cleared by ACBPS without any declaration requirements.
Agriculture requirements must still be met.
Animals, including cats and dogs, that are imported for breeding purposes are not defined as pets. Breeders must make either a SAC Declaration or an import declaration, depending upon the value of the animal, to clear the animal from Customs control.
ACBPS may require you to produce all commercial documents associated with the purchase of the animal including proof of the amount paid.
Live animals that are native species or wildlife imported under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) may require a permit from the Department of the Environment (Environment). Further information is available on the CITES webpage on Environment's website.
Animals that are not native to Australia are defined as ‘exotic animals’.
In order to be eligible to import a live exotic animal into Australia, the species must be listed in the List of Specimens Taken to be Suitable for Live Import which is available on Environment's website.
To import a live exotic animal you may need a permit from Environment. You must meet all relevant laws to keep the animal legally in your state or territory before you buy it and/or apply for a permit.
As an importer you are legally responsible for the accuracy of information provided to ABCPS, even if you use a Customs broker, freight forwarder or service provider to prepare your documents. For your own protection, ensure you retain copies of all documents supplied to ACBPS, check them for accuracy and advise your agent of any errors.FOR MORE INFORMATION
For further information on ACBPS matters:
contact the Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263.