Importing Articles Made of Wood

Australia has strict biosecurity regulations to protect its unique environment and agricultural industries from pests and diseases. When importing wooden articles into Australia, there are several conditions you need to meet:

Conditions for Importing Wooden Articles:

  1. Treatment: Wooden articles often need to be treated to remove the risk of pests. Common treatments include fumigation, heat treatment, and irradiation.
  2. Compliance with ISPM 15: The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an international standard for treating wooden packaging materials used in international trade. It requires that wooden packaging (like pallets, crates, and dunnage) be either heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and then marked with a recognizable ISPM 15 logo.
  3. Declaration: Importers must provide accurate information about the type and origin of the wood, including any treatments it has undergone.
  4. Inspection: Wooden articles may be inspected on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free from pests and diseases. If biosecurity risks are identified, the goods might need further treatment, be exported, or destroyed at the importer’s expense.

Examples of Wooden Products Commonly Imported:

  1. Furniture
  2. Wooden artifacts and handicrafts
  3. Wooden musical instruments
  4. Timber and lumber
  5. Plywood and veneers
  6. Wooden toys
  7. Wooden packaging materials like pallets and crates
  8. Wooden household items like bowls, spoons, etc.

Required Documents:


  1. Bill of Lading or Airway Bill: Proof of shipment.
  2. Commercial Invoice: Provides valuation for customs.
  3. Packing List: Describes the content of the shipment.
  4. Import Permit: Needed for certain wooden products; it’s recommended to check before shipping.
  5. Treatment Certificate: If the wooden articles have been treated prior to shipment, a certificate proving such treatment may be required.
  6. Phytosanitary Certificate: Issued by the exporting country’s plant protection organization, confirming the consignment is free from pests and diseases.
  7. Declaration of Conformity with ISPM 15: If the shipment includes wooden packaging materials.

Remember, Australian regulations can change, and there might be more specific requirements based on the exact type of wooden product you’re importing. It’s always a good idea to check the latest requirements from the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment or consult with a customs broker or freight forwarder familiar with importing into Australia.

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