Consignments are to be free from pests, soil, weed seeds and extraneous material.
Logs without an accompanying Phytosanitary certificate, or logs with bark that have not gone through quarantine treatment shall not be permitted entry into China.
General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) will inspect imported logs, and if quarantine pests are found, quarantine treatment must be conducted by the importer under the supervision of GACC, with the cost of treatment being borne by the importer. If the treatment can not be conducted, the logs shall be rejected.
The logs shall be described on the Phytosanitary certificate as either:
Contact your local Department of Agriculture Office for more details in relation to:
- Inspection of the container prior to loading
- Inspection of the logs prior to loading
- Mandatory treatment of logs 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, 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.