Importing

Below you will find details about requirements for importing ONCs.

Oral Nutritional Compounds

If you want to import a product that is exempt from registration, such as a petfood or animal feed, you must make sure it complies with requirements of the ACVM Regulations (link at right).

You must:

  • Ensure that the imported animal feed or dietary supplement is fit for use (Regulation 7)
  • Ensure that the specified information is on the label of the imported animal feed or dietary supplement (Regulation 12)
  • Meet the specific requirements for oral nutritional compounds in entry 25 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations
  • Keep the specified records regarding the importation (Regulation 15)

Ensure that you do not make misleading statements about the animal feed or dietary supplement (Regulation 13), particularly in regard to making therapeutic claims for it. If you are importing feed commodities, you must also comply with the requirements for Imported Feed Commodities: ACVM (Imported Feed Commodities) Notice 2014.

If you alter the product or its labelling, you will be classed as a manufacturer under the law and subject to the minimum manufacturing requirements.

Border clearance of ONC imports

For commercial imports of ONCs you also need a Class Determination letter to present to border officials before the product will be released. (There is a fee for this service.) Otherwise the border officials may delay clearance if they are not sure the imports are properly authorised under the ACVM Act. For more information on class determination, go to our Overview page (use the left-hand menu).

For private imports of exempt products (small amounts for use on own land or plants) check with us first to get advice as to whether or not it fits the definition of one of the agricultural compounds exempt from registration.  An email confirmation can be provided for clearance at the border.