Consignments are to be free from pests, soil, weed seeds and extraneous material.
Woodchips with bark should have gone through effective quarantine treatment in the exporting country or region, and the Phytosanitary certificate should indicate the method, chemical and dosage, duration and temperature of the treatment.
Woodchips free of bark should be declared on the Phytosanitary certificate.
Woodchips without an accompanying Phytosanitary certificate, or woodchips with bark that have not gone through quarantine treatment shall not be allowed to enter China.
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will inspect imported woodchips, and if quarantine pests are found, quarantine treatment must be conducted by the importer under the supervision of AQSIQ, with the cost of treatment being borne by the importer.
If the treatment could not be conducted, the woodchips shall be refused entry.
The woodchips shall be described as either: Woodchips - with bark or Woodchips - de-barked.
Contact your local Department of Agriculture Plant Exports Office for more details in relation to:
- Inspection of the container prior to loading
- Inspection of the woodchips prior to loading
- Mandatory treatment of woodchips with bark (pre-shipment)
- Phytosanitary certification
The Export Control Act 1982, and the Export Control (Unprocessed Wood) Regulations, Export Control (Hardwood Wood Chips) Regulations and the Export Control (Regional Forest Agreements) Regulations, require an export licence from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for the export of two tonnes or more of:
. Wood in the round which is intended to undergo further processing following export
. Wood with a cross sectional area of 225 square centimetres or greater which is intended to undergo further processing following export.
The requirement for an export licence for unprocessed wood is dependent on where the wood has been sourced.
Woodchips are classed as unprocessed wood under the regulations. Any enquiries on what is classed as unprocessed wood should be directed to the Forestry Branch on (02) 6272 4610.
If required, it is the responsibility of exporters to obtain a licence to export unprocessed wood prior to export.
Exporters can find information on how to obtain an export licence for unprocessed wood on the departments website - www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/national/industries/export/ or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only responsibility authorised officers have in relation to the export licences for unprocessed wood is to inform unprocessed wood exporters of the possible requirement to hold a licence to export unprocessed wood.