The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment provides a range of online services and lodgement systems to help streamline document and reporting requirements for importers and vessel operators.
Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON)
The Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) is an online application that provides searchable information on conditions for goods allowed into Australia.
Commercial brokers and importers can run searches and reports on the current status of their Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS) entries online using the Broker Reports application.
To be eligible for broker reports, you need to be registered in the department's finance system and have been issued a COM code (format COMxxxxxx).
Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS)
Customs brokers and commercial importers can use the Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS) to lodge and track the following documents online:
- Full Import Declarations (food, quarantine, and dual types).
- Self Assessed Clearance upgrades.
Electronic Certification (eCert)
eCert for Imports is an electronic system that enables the department to receive overseas government generated certificates for food and agricultural commodities being exported to Australia.
Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS)
The department is developing a new online system called Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS).
Delivery postcode classifications
All shipping containers destined to be unpacked in rural areas are subject to tailgate inspections. A 'rural tailgate' inspection involves directing containers to an Approved Arrangement (AA) site, inspecting all external surfaces of the container before opening the doors and checking for obvious signs of pests, plant material and non–compliant packaging.
The requirement for an inspection is based on delivery destination and route postcodes - see Postcode classification search.