Japanese Import and Quarantine

Jack Sandher - Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quarantine and Your Japanese Import 



If you are going to import a vehicle into Australia from Japan (or anywhere for that matter), it is the responsibility of the importer to guarantee that each vehicle is free and clean of contamination of biosecurity concern before it arrives in Australia.

What Sort of Things Are Considered Biosecurity Contaminants?

Biosecurity contaminations include but are not limited to:

  • plant material such as bark, roots, leaves, twigs, straw,
  • animal material, animal faeces,
  • clay, mud, soil,
  • seeds; and
  • live insects.

These could be inside or outside your vehicle.

Decontamination Tips

Before a vehicle is imported into Australia, it needs to be free from contamination and thoroughly clean. (note these are not the same thing).

Get it Done in the Country of Export

If possible you should aim to get a Department of Agriculture approved offshore treatment provider to process (decontaminate) your vehicle before bringing it into the country. Because contamination issues are already addressed in the country of export, these types of used vehicles would be subject to a reduced level of inspection once they arrive in Australia.

Vehicles that have not been processed by an approved offshore provider will receive a full external and internal inspection.

Points the Inspectors Will Check

Some of the most important exterior points to check, decontaminate and clean include:

  • · Around window seals
  • · External vents
  • · Inside chassis rails
  • · Above and around the fuel tank
  • · Underside of the vehicle
  • · Wheels, wheel guards and mud guards

Some of the most important interior points include:

  • · Internal window, door seals and around door locks.
  • · Internal vents
  • · In seat folds
  • · Under seats and mats
  • · Internal storage compartments including console
  • · Engine bay
  • · Boot area including spare tyre and wheel well

What Happens If Your Vehicle Fails Inspection

The biosecurity officers will inspect each area of the vehicle. In the event that they discover contamination, they will direct the vehicle to a QAP.

The QAP will treat your car from contamination. This will be at your expense.

Biosecurity officers will need to inspect your vehicle again before clearing it.

If the contamination is too heavy to remove, the vehicle may be exported from Australia. Once again, this is going to be at your expense.

List of Approved Japanese Cleaning and Pre-Inspection of Used Vehicles Provider (source: Australian Department of Agriculture)

Country Name Port Address AEI # Function Current intervention rate Current status
(approved or suspended)
Japan Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre (JEVIC) Yokohama 1-gochi
15 Daikoku Futo
Tsurumi Ku
Yokohama
Japan 230-0054
JP1001UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Kawasaki (Sun Phoenix) 7 Higashi Ogishima
Kawasaki
Japan
JP1002UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Ibaraki (Spectrum Ltd) 4218-7
Uchimoriyamashi
Jyoso-shi
Ibaraki
Japan 303-0043
JP1003UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles (including motorcycles). 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Nagoya (Kamigumi) 2-7 Kinjo-Futo
Minato-ku
Nagoya-City
Aichi Prefecture
Japan 455-0848
JP1004UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Nagoya (Isewan Kinjo Moror Pool) 3-1 Kinjo-Futo
Minato-ku
Nagoya-City
Japan 455-0848
JP1005UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Osaka 3 Minami Takasago
Takaishi-City
Osaka
Japan 595-0081
JP1006UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved
Japan JEVIC Osaka
(ToyoFuji / Fujitrans)
2C
109 Shiomi-Cho
Izumiotsu-Shi
Osaka
Japan 595-0054
JP1007UV Cleaning and pre-inspection of used passenger vehicles. 5% Approved