Import document requirements
Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS) regulations require that finfish imported with the heads on (from countries other than New Zealand) must be covered by a special import permit.
Please check with Sydney Fish Market before consigning any fish as Sydney Fish Market may not carry an Import Permit for your country of export. Failure to do so may result in the consignment being delayed by AQIS and/or Australian Customs.
If your country of export is New Zealand, Sydney Fish Market can coordinate the Import clearances for your product through Australian Customs and AQIS. For all other exporters, please contact Sydney Fish Market to ascertain if we can clear your shipments.
Should Sydney Fish Market be able to obtain clearances on your behalf, we will require a full set of import documents (air waybill, pro forma invoice, certificate as to country of origin, and any relevant health certificates) emailed or faxed to Sydney Fish Market as early as possible on the day the product is to arrive in Sydney. A detailed packing list is also very useful.
If the documents are not received by 2:00pm Sydney time we cannot guarantee obtaining the necessary clearances before Customs and AQIS offices close.
The documents should be sent via email or faxed to +61 2 9004 1171.
For all shipments received from New Zealand, Sydney Fish Market covers the cost of obtaining clearances, but AQIS charges for any laboratory tests that may be required will be deducted from the supplier's account.
For ALL OTHER countries, ANY charges incurred by Sydney Fish Market will be recovered from the supplier.