Biosecurity Inspections Australia

Pre-shipment inspections of used machinery and equipment

Cleanliness for import to Australia (BICON)

All heavy machinery, imported into Australia must be free from contamination such as seeds, soil, plant and organic materials. Contaminated machinery can be re-exported from Australian ports at the importer’s or owner’s expense. It is not a joke. Dirty machines and equipment get re-exported to Singapore or other places for cleaning. A while ago a supplier got his 3 x CAT 740 trucks shipped to an offshore port for cleaning. The cost was 17.000$ until he got his machines back into port of Freemantle.

How clean is clean?

Most exporters and forwarders in places other than Australia think they would know what a clean machine is. But in most cases they have no idea. Take a Caterpillar wheel loader 950H as a sample. On such a machine the Australian authorities would not accept an amount of organic material that exceeds the volume of a coffee mug. On arrival down under a biosecurity office will check your machine. If control fails it will be moved to a cleaning facility or in worst case it would be shipped out of Australia.

How can you avoid problems?

Send a cleanliness expert to inspect the machine prior shipping. A Mevas quarantine inspector can approve excavators, wheel loaders, bulldozers and other equipment prior delivery. We can assist importers and offshore cleaners to meet Australia’s stringent import conditions. Machinery may require dismantling for effective cleaning before importing into Australia. In order to meet import conditions you can talk to our expert. We can help you to meet the standards.

How much does it cost?

Without info about the specific machine we are unable to estimate the cost. But we know, it costs less than a re-export from Australian port to Singapore or other places outside Australia. The cost is also lower than a cleaning in Australian QAP facilities. Call us for advice and get a quote for support in cleaning of your equipment.