NNF 2019/229 - Biosecurity Imports Levy Update

Biosecurity Imports Levy Update


As referenced in NNF 2019/105 and other newsflashes on the proposed Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Imports Levy, the CBFCA has responded with a formal submission highlighting our preferred collection model.

The Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie has released the following media release. 

Biosecurity report under consideration

10 September 2019

A report to the Australian Government released today by Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, highlights widespread support in ensuring that Australia’s biosecurity system remains effective in protecting our agricultural industries against the threat of pests and diseases.

Minister McKenzie said the steering committee, led by independent chair David Trebeck, has built on the 2017 Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review that recommended a broad based levy on containers,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The committee received and considered 29 submissions in drafting the report which is important because it provides us with the views of our major importers and logistics operators—not just our agricultural sector.

“Our biosecurity system is vital in protecting our environment, human, animal and plant health from damaging pests and diseases that aren’t in Australia.

“The value proposition to the world for our food and fibre exports centres on our safe, clean and sustainable reputation—underpinned by our biosecurity status.

“The size and complexity of the task is increasing—and the risks are real.

“The volume of shipping cargo has increased by more than 30 per cent in the past nine years.

“Mail items from overseas have increased by a staggering 172 per cent in nine years in line with the prevalence of our online shopping habits and we have 60 per cent more people coming through our airports.

“We have a Passenger Movement Charge in place to help meet the cost of screening and inspecting people as they arrive.

“This industry report is a critical piece of the puzzle and the government will respond in due course.

“I want to thank all the members of the Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee for their work, and all who provided input to this report.”

The Biosecurity imports levy: a way forward report is available HERE.

CBFCA Comments

The CBFCA welcomes the release of this report, which is important for affected industries to  understand the options and basis behind the recommendations put forward by the Steering Committee.

At this point we are of the understanding there is no confirmed date of the introduction of such a levy, as the original implementation date of 1 September 2019 has passed, and it will take some time for the Federal Parliament to be in a position to discuss the report.

We will keep you informed of any further developments.

Kind regards,