Australia guards its biodiversity with very strict quarantine laws. Australia’s requirements extend beyond declaring the importation of goods. Rather, there are strict documentation and treatment requirements and for exporters, a range of registration requirements.
Non-compliance can bring significant interruption to a businesses’ supply chain. When a breach occurs, there needs to be an organised process of identifying the full extent of the breach, putting in place measures to prevent it occurring again and disclosure to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
Failure to deal with quarantine non-compliance in a complete and systematic way can result in continued intervention in the supply chain, fines, prosecutions and restrictions on future import and export activities.