Specific Conditions

Country/ Agency Inspection of goods required Import requirements into destination Export requirements from country of origin Other conditions Agency
Import permit Zoosanitary/ Phytosanitary

Certification

CITES permit Export permit Zoosanitary/ Phytosanitary certification CITES permit
 Australia  √  x  √

(Commercial)

 x Treated decorative feathers carried by travelers for their own private use, or consignments of treated feathers sent to private individuals for non-industrial purposes do not need an import permit or a health certificate. However, consignments must be clean and free from contamination.

Treated feathers intended for commercial use must be accompanied by a commercial document stating that the feathers have been treated with a steam current or by another method that ensures that no unacceptable risks remain and the feathers are securely enclosed in packaging and dry.

Acceptable treatment methods:

  • Gamma irradiation at 50 kGray (5 Mrad) (T9652)
  • Ethylene oxide treatment (T9020) 
  • Formaldehyde treatment (10% formalin) for 4 hours (T9263)

Refer to the online Department of Agriculture’s Import Conditions Database (ICON) to verify conditions for particular products. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/online-services/bicon
If cultural heritage items are being imported it is advisable to bring the necessary permission documents from the country of origin. More information and advice is available at the Ministry for the Arts website:
 https://www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/cultural-heritage/movable-cultural-heritage

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Cook Islands x x x x x Fumigated with formalin and certification attached. Items should be commercially prepared and packaged.  feathers should be cleaned and dyed.  Ministry of Agriculture, Biosecurity Division
Fiji x Fumigated with methyl bromide, packed and free of any insects and dust. Exporters should consult the Department of Environemnt to ascertian the type of species and whether it requires a CITES permit. Species that are foten used in traditional costumes and ceremonial handicrafts are listed on Fiji’s Protected Species List and some are CITES protected:

  • Armea, Rotuma myzolmea, Myzolmea chermesina
  • White tailed tropic bird, Phethon lepturus
  • Kula, collared lorry, Prospeia personata
  • Kadavu shining parrot, Prospeia splendens

In Fiji, there is a Birds and Game Protection Act, so it is advisable to check with the Ministry of Agriculture if exporting or importing feathers.

 Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

Department of Environment for all CITES related enquiries

Guam x x x x x Items that are classified as ‘fully furnished’, meaning no further processing is required and Certificate of Origin.

If the feathers originate from a country affected by END and HPAI, the items may be refused entry. However, this is subject to inspection and a  decision to release items will be made onsite.

If items are ‘bulk’ feathers or feathers needing further processing and are from an HPAI affected country, the importer needs a VS permit.

 

United States Department of Agriculture/ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Hawaii x x x x x
Kiribati x x x x x x

There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of products made from this commodity. Export clearance and certification is granted if biosecurity requirements of the receiving country have been compiled with and if the product is clear of any infestation or contamination. The biosecurity officer can refuse certification if these conditions are not compiled with.

If an importing article is found to be infected, infested or contaminated, the article may be detained and treated at the expense of the importer.

Kiribati Quarantine and Inspection Services
Marshall Islands x x x x x x No conditions specified for this commodity. Entry may be refused into or movement within the republic if they are known to be, or are suspected of being infected or infested with disease or pests. Ministry of Agriculture
Nauru x x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity. Generally, if handicrafts do not contain any material prohibited or restricted under the quarantine regulations, such handicrafts my enter, subject to inspection and treatment as required.   Ministry of Agriculture
New Caledonia x x x

(if treated in another country)

x Feathers are to be dyed or treated prior to export. Import of  products with feathers that are not treated will need to be treated on arrival.  Items that have been treated should be accompanied by a certificate indicating that they have been treated and the certificate is to be issued by a veterinary authority.  Upon arrival, items will be inspected by border officials. If items do not have a live or banned substance, the certificated is accepted and items are cleared. DAVAR
 New Zealand  √ x  √ x x x x Importation of feathers for commercial and ornamental purposes into New Zealand from all countries which meet the requirements of this import health standard may not require a permit to import. Eligible for importation under this standard: feathers on artifacts and handicrafts.
Feathers commercially manufactured into articles such as the following may be given clearance: Feathers on handicrafts, such as fine mats, from Western Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga may be given clearance. from all other countries, such feathers must be fumigated with 10% formalin (formaldehyde) for 8 hours before given clearance.For feathers on musical instruments and for cultural performance items refer to clause 6.6 of “Import Health Standard for the importation into New Zealand of ornamental animal products from all countries”.If the consignment does not meet the requirements of this standard, the consignment may be released to the importer after it has been treated at the owner’s expense by fumigation with 10% formalin for 8 hours at the port of entry.
 Ministry for Primary Industries
Niue x x x x During inspection, the key conditions will be the origin and general state of the product. Diagnostic tests, treatment and storage (including packaging) that have been conducted and the periods of or type of quarantine to be observed in the country of origin, or in transit to Niue. Products will also be subject to post-entry conditions which include relation to diagnostic tests, packing and quarantine as may be required. Any other requirements necessary to prevent the introduction of animal diseases or pests.

 

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Norfolk x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity. Quarantine regulations generally mirror those in Australia. Flights into Norfolk are via Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland and therefore it is likely that you may be subject to quarantine inspection in these countries depending on your time in transit. Norfolk Island Health and Quarantine
Palau x x x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity.  However on entry they are subject to a risk analysis and if it is determined that there are biosecurity risks treatment, and/ or any other conditions may need to be complied with in order to clear the products. Bureau of Agriculture, Ministry of Resources and Development
PNG x x x x Feathers can be “hotboxed” treated.  once exporter has complied with import conditions for items in country items are to be exported to and fumigation certificate, NAQIA may then issue an Animal Health Certificate or a Phytosanitary Certificate.

Application forms are available from NAQIA.  Presentation of original permit is required for biosecurity clearance of goods.

NAQIA for biosecurity clearance and Import Permit from relevant organisation
Rapanui x x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity.  Quarantine regulations generally mirror those in Chile as Rapanui (Easter Island) is a province of Chile. Animal and plant products generally need a certificate (“FITOSANITARIO”) issued by the Department of Agriculture. Department of Agriculture
Samoa x x x x x x Quarantine Division can refuse to issue certifications needed for export if the commodities do not meet phytosanitary checks, if the commodities are regulated, or if the exporter does not undertake the necessary fumigation, processing, etc.

Declaration at Customs, where a risk analysis and inspection is conducted. Any items that are infested may be sent to Quarantine for treatment and it is later released to the consumer.

Ministry of Agriculture, Quarantine Division
Solomon Islands

(red feather money)

x x x x x Export of red feather money (made from red feathers of parrots and another bird glued to a hard bark) and any item that have an animal component in it, requires an approval from the National Museum. National Museum
Tahiti Nui x x x x x Without an import permit, information provided by the French Polynesian plant protection service regarding phytosanitary requirements is for reference only and may not refelect the actual requirements. Consult the database EPI on import conditions. in general, you should do first, an application for an import license. This will the case when the database EPI on the import conditions does not specifically mention that the permit is not required for an article or commodity given.

The phytosanitary certificate should not be established more than five days before the date on which the products will be shipped or forwarded.

When your import demand relates to a kind not yet approved or a new source, it is subject to a risk analysis on the importation. This is the case if neither the name of the species, nor the country of origin listed in the database EPI .

 

Quarantine and Plant protection, Service du Development rural

Ministere de L’Agriculture

Tokelau x x x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity. However on entry they are subject to a risk analysis and if it is determined that there are biosecurity risks treatment, and/ or any other conditions may need to be complied with in order to clear the products. Ministry of Agriculture
Tonga x x x x x Handicrafts with made from animals or animal derivatives need to be treated. Treatment may include freezing to -18°C for seven consecutive days or fumigation with methyl bromide. freezing can be done by any company that engages in exports from Tonga. Exporters may take items to companies that engage in exports to put the items in their refrigerated containers. Biosecurity Tonga
Tuvalu x x x x x x There are no specific requirements relating to import and export of handicrafts made from this commodity.  However on entry they are subject to a risk analysis and if it is determined that there are biosecurity risks treatment, and/ or any other conditions may need to be complied with in order to clear the products. Ministry of Agriculture
Vanuatu x x x x Export of handicrafts made from other animals or animal derivatives ( e.g. fur, feathers etc) require an approval from Biosecurity Vanuatu).

Import Requirements:

There are no restrictions on imports of handicrafts except those from Asian countries (e.g. feathers) which will be inspected by Biosecurity Vanuatu or boarder officials and may be treated if there are signs of contamination).

 

Biosecurity Vanuatu
Wallis and Futuna x x x x All handicraft items require a certificate of approval from BIVAP prior to being taken outside Wallis and Futuna.

All handicraft items containing an animal product must be accompanied by a certificate.

Handicrafts brought in by tourists who transit through Wallis and Futuna are inspected at boarders. Those handicrafts that are bought from shops are usually allowed through. Other handicrafts made at home, get more scrutiny by boarder officials.

BIVAP

 

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