Importing Samples to Australia via AQIS
International shipping/transport of biological samples
The import of biological materials into Australia is regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
This applies to both mailing and carrying samples on your person. Biological materials that may require an import permit include food samples, animal tissues/cells, plant material, proteins, microorganisms and antibodies.
Further information on importing biological laboratory materials is available from the Importing section of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.
Most institutions and groups have an import permit that covers a range of biological materials. Contact the department laboratory manager for a copy of the permit. Biological material not included on this permit may require an import permit to be applied for and received before samples are sent.
This can take several weeks. If you require use of the dept permit, you will also require a letter from dept authorising you to use the permit.
A lack of a permit and authorisation letter may result in a sample being stopped at Australian Customs and returned to the sender (at the sender's cost) or destroyed. Penalties can apply.
Import permit application or details are available from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment main website - https://www.awe.gov.au/about
We handle all the requirements for imports and exports for both bulk and individual shipments and certify, pack and transport your goods to your country of destination following all the compliances and Australian biosecurity import conditions. We specialise in providing biosecurity inspection and quarantine services to companies importing goods into Australia.