Declaring Producers of Imported Food
When the Customs broker lodges an entry in the Customs Integrated Cargo System (ICS) for a risk category food or food that is subject to a holding order, the ICS will require the details of the producer to be lodged. Customs brokers have access to view and select existing producers in the ICS and should use the documentation provided by the importer to ensure that the correct producer is lodged.
The producer of an imported food is determined as the commercial or individual’s premise in the country of origin where the goods were grown, caught, manufactured or processed. The producer is NOT a third party premises where food is consolidated for export, such as a warehouse or freight forwarder.
It is the importers responsibility to provide the Customs broker with sufficient information about the producer of the food.
AQIS uses the producer lodged for imports of risk food or food subject to a holding order to determine the appropriate rate of inspection for that food. Failure by the Customs broker to correctly identify the producer of a food may result in the unnecessary inspection and testing of food which will be charged to the importer.
Use the form below to apply for a new producer to be created in the ICS or to amend the details of an existing producer.
26 Aug 2010