Can I Send Horse Hair from Outside Australia?
Yes, you can. I have made inquiries with our Biosecurity and Quarantine Office.
Just make sure you follow the the quarantine guidelines to reduce any delay in your delivery to me, or possible restrictions from entry into Australia.
Always make sure the hair is clean, brushed and washed, free of any seed, grain, feed, manure, grass, bedding or any other contaminants. Once you cut it, and tie off the end, you can always give it another quick rinse (or wash) in hot water. You would be amazed at how much dirt will still come out.
Your item will automatically go through x-ray machines, but it is still advised to make sure you declare your package correctly and mark on it somewhere "Attention: Quarantine".
If no issues are found, your package will continue on it's way to me. If there any concerns, someone from the department will contact you to discuss what you wish to do.
So, it is also important to ensure your correct email and phone number is also clearly marked on your package.
Please read the following information from BICON: Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions (click here to view website)
Case: Natural fibres (and their derivatives) of animal origin Effective: 05 Mar 2018
Animal hair, fibre or bristles (other than from sheep, goats or camelids) — All uses other than human or animal grooming, animal husbandry, animal food and fertilisers
Import conditions define the biosecurity requirements which must be met for your import. Where import conditions have been developed, they will be listed below.
a. A Department of Agriculture and Water Resources import permit is not required, providing that the following conditions are met.
b. The goods must be clean and free of contaminant seed, soil, animal and plant debris and other biosecurity risk materialOpens in a new window prior to arrival in Australian territory.
c. Each consignment will be subject to an inspection to verify that it is free of contaminant seed, bark, live insects, soil and other biosecurity risk materialOpens in a new window.
d. If during inspection, biosecurity risk material (BRM) is found, consignments will be treated according to the Contamination Treatment GuideOpens in a new window.
e. Any treatments, inspections, or procedures for export or disposal, are at the importer's expense.
f. Please note that any treatment applied may have adverse effects on the goods.
g. Under the Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General) Regulation 2016Opens in a new window and Chapter 9, Part 2 of the Biosecurity Regulation 2016Opens in a new window, fees are payable to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for all services. Detail on how the department applies fees and levies may be found in the charging guidelinesOpens in a new window.
h. In addition to the conditions for the goods being imported, non-commodity concerns must be assessed including container cleanliness, packaging and destination concerns, and may be subject to inspection and treatment on arrival. Please refer to the BICON Non-Commodity Cargo Clearance case for further information.