Notice WTR2013/1 Wildlife Trade Export Procedures
Important notice for exporters and exporter agents: Export procedures
All goods, regardless of value, that require a wildlife permit for export must be reported to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on an export declaration prior to being loaded or exported (this includes items being exported via mail).
Notice to Exporters of Wildlife Products
(replaces WTR 2011/4)
This notice is to remind exporters and exporters’ agents about procedures when exporting goods that require a wildlife permit (CITES or native/non-CITES).
All exports that require an export permit must be reported on a Customs export declaration prior to being loaded or exported. This means that all goods permitted for export by a wildlife permit must be reported on an export declaration, irrespective of the value.
The Department of the Environment shares export permit details with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on a daily basis.
When making an Export Declaration, exporters or their agents must enter the permit number from the top right corner of the wildlife permit or certificate into the Export Declaration, in order to obtain a Clear Export Declaration Number (EDN). In the case of Single Use Permits, the EDN should then be recorded on the bottom of the permit where it states Export Declaration Number. For Multiple Consignment Authority, the EDN will need to be recorded on to the Specimen Export Record (SER).
A wildlife permit number commences with the letters PWS followed by a series of numerals and letters with hyphens. Exporters or their agents should enter all letters and numbers without spacing, for example, PWS2013‑AU‑000028.
Exporters or their agents can either make their export declaration report directly into the Integrated Cargo System (ICS), or lodge the information at an Australian Customs and Border Protection shopfront. Special arrangements for rural/remote reporters are outlined in the attached document [See Annex A].
If a valid PWS permit number is not quoted, the ICS will issue an EDN with an Error Status. In order to obtain a Clear Status for the EDN, thereby enabling the goods to be exported, the correct permit information must be entered.
Please note that:
- The PWS permit number on a single use permit or certificate may only be used once.
- The PWS permit number on a multiple use permit may be used multiple times.
- These rules apply to both CITES and non-CITES permits and certificates.
NOTE: Any goods that require a permit for export must be reported on an export declaration regardless of value prior to being loaded or exported (this includes items being exported via mail) [See Annex A].
Further information or queries regarding this notice should be addressed to:
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Phone: 02 6274 1900 option 6 (answered during business hours, 9am-5pm weekdays)
For any enquiries relating to the ICS, please contact the Customs Information & Support Centre on 1300 363 263 for assistance.
Authorised by Frank Antram
Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation