Understanding the complexities around Australian regulations for importing quarantine samples underpins successful decision making and project delivery. To understand the nature of procedures associated with quarantine samples, we have provided tips on some of the more commonly requested queries received for laboratory analysis.
Envirolab is authorised for quarantined soil and water samples and related material for destructive analysis; and human fluids and tissues that are not known to be infected. The DAWR website outlines permit requirements and whether your commodity does fall under Envirolab’s permit.
Quarantined items entering Australia require the importer or agent to obtain various records and pay associated fees for these additional areas, including a quarantine entry number (QEN), which can also be called an ‘order number’, 'direction number' or a ‘reference number.’
When sending quarantine samples, it is the responsibility of the sender to assess the nature of the samples and select an appropriate packing and packaging consignment option, as based on the chosen declaration. Additional conditions may apply with freight or consignment providers.
A copy of completed and signed documentation, including the declaration and permit to import the quarantined material. The permits and proforma invoice must be attached on the outer packaging. Incomplete or missing information may result in further delays and additional clearance fees.
It's important to account for any potential delays or unexpected events. Shipping delays and weekends may affect timings for the sample receipt. Samples may also fall outside the technical holding time requirements for some particular tests.
Need more information? Ask our expert scientists about the best practices in sending quarantine samples and obtaining a permit, whilst also achieving the best results in the quickest amount of time.