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Australia Updates Import Conditions for Retail Packaged Cosmetics and Soaps

In a recent move, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry of Australia has implemented a minor change to the import conditions of retail packaged cosmetics and soaps for non-personal human use, i.e., for commercial purposes. The adjustment, effective from October 18, 2023, specifically targets products with less than 20% animal-derived material by mass.

The key change involves a new option to provide supplier's declaration. This aims to streamline the import process for importers of cosmetics and soaps, facilitating smoother trade operations.

Following the revision, the mandatory import conditions prior to the arrival of these cosmetics and soaps in Australian territory are as follows:

  1. a) A statement confirming that the goods have been commercially prepared and packaged.

    b) A statement affirming that the goods are ready for retail sale without further processing.

    c) A statement indicating that the goods contain less than 20% by mass of material of animal origin, excluding approved materials of animal origin. It's important to note that highly processed ingredients of animal origin fall within the definition of material of animal origin, as the level of processing does not alter the origin of the ingredients.

    The above statements must be presented through Manufacturer's declaration or Supplier's declaration.

  2. The imported goods are solely for human use.

Notably, an import permit from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is not required.

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