Responsibilities

The importer is responsible for:
a) the lodgement of an application to import;
b) forwarding the import permit to the supplier;
c) the imported product complying with requirements; and
d) advising the biosecurity service of the date and method of importation.
The supplier is responsible for:
a) presenting the import permit and the import specifications to the exporting country’s certifying
authorities and obtaining certification; and
b) advising the importer/agent of the importation details.
The overseas certifying authority is responsible for:
a) examining the import permit and import specifications, and
b) satisfying (certification) and supervising the importing country’s import requirements.
The chief biosecurity officer (animals) is responsible for:
a) assessment of the application to import, and sighting/reviewing prior import permits;
b) reviewing and developing import specifications if needed; and
c) assisting in clearance of imports.
Senior biosecurity officers (airport operations) and senior biosecurity officers (seaport operations) are responsible for:
a) liaison with the regional agriculture biosecurity officer or equivalent.
Biosecurity officers are responsible for:
a) if located in the permit office:
i. advising importers on import requirements;
ii. screening applications for import permits for animals and animal products for approval by the chief biosecurity officer (animals) in the case of live animals and by the chief biosecurity officer (operations) in the case of animal products (or equivalents); and
iii. sending copies of the import permit to the port manager.

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