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Increased Biosecurity Cost Recovery Fee

Department of Agriculture have advised (https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2019/211-2019) that effective 1 January 2020 the following increases in fees applied to Full Import Declarations (FID) will be as following;

  • Airfreight $33 increased to $38
  • Seafreight $42 increased to $49

Increases are also being imposed on vessel operators as following;

  • Vessels greater than or equal to 25 meters—arrival charge increase from $920 to $1054.
  • Vessels less than 25 meters—arrival charge increase from $100 to $120.

In terms of activities covered under the fee increase, the Cost recovery implementation strategy: biosecurity 2019-20 (CRIS) states at 2.1. that this will pay for:

  • assurance and verification activities;
  • increased analytical and intelligence activities;
  • provision of technical scientific advice; and
  • import pest and disease risk mitigation planning.

The fees will automatically be collected through the lodgment & payment of an Importer’s FID, just as they have been previously.

Should you have any further questions regarding the Biosecurity fee increase, please contact your ACA International representative.