Importing agricultural or veterinary chemicals

Approved agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical products and active constituents are identified by an Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) or NRA registration number on the label. Without the approval of the APVMA, an agvet chemical cannot be legally imported, marketed, supplied or used in Australia. If you intend to import a product to supply in Australia, the product must be registered.

Only registered products and approved active constituents can be imported without the need for further approval. Importing unregistered agvet products or unapproved active constituents is considered an offence.

Importing for private use

Many products available overseas – including those found via the internet or while travelling – will look similar to APVMA registered products. If a product does not have an APVMA or NRA approval number on the label, it is not registered in Australia and cannot legally be imported for private use. Unregistered products may be seized by the Australian Border Force and destroyed or returned at the expense of the purchaser.

If there is no APVMA or NRA approval number on the label, the product cannot legally be imported for private use.

Consent to import

The APVMA can approve importation of unregistered products or unapproved active constituents by issuing an Import Consent under limited circumstances.

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