You may be required to enter into a food import compliance agreement (FICA) if you are a food importer. Food importers can enter into a FICA with the relevant department in connection with the food that you intend to import into Australia.
Many food importers already have a documented food management system for sourcing and importing food. Under a FICA these systems may be recognised, offering an alternative to the routine inspection and testing of food products under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).
Food products imported under a FICA will not be subject to potential delay and costs associated with inspection and testing under the IFIS. Instead, your food management system will be regularly audited. All goods imported into Australia, including food imported under a FICA, are still subject to Australian quarantine requirements.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
You must have a documented food management system that contains specific elements before the department will consider entering into a FICA.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements or see the attached guide.
As specified in the agreement.
For each financial year during which the agreement is in force: if the agreement was in force on or before 1 January in the financial year: $2900; or if the compliance agreement is first entered into after 1 January in the financial year: $1450
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits
Imported Food Control Act 1992 (Australian Government)
Imported Food Control Regulations 1993 (Australian Government)
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