Media Release

The sauce of good news for importers

9 September 2014

Another Australian food importer with internal quality assurance systems that satisfy Australia's rigorous food safety requirements will see increased efficiency in border clearance processes.

Kikkoman Australia Pty Ltd—a sauce and condiment company—is the latest Australian importer to sign a Food Import Compliance Agreement with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said companies that consistently complied with Australia's stringent import requirements were eligible to access special import conditions under the national agreements.

"These agreements cut red tape for importers while maintaining Australia's strict biosecurity and food safety standards," Minister Joyce said.

"Kikkoman joins 10 other importers who, by demonstrating their thorough and robust quality assurance systems to our exacting standards, can expect a faster and cheaper import process with fewer checks at the border.

"Our biosecurity system relies on governments, industry and the community playing their appropriate roles to maintain the system.

"Agreements like these put the onus of managing import risks back on to the businesses while continuing to provide the community with safe food.

"Importers can expect a lighter touch from the Department of Agriculture inspectors, the government can expect better targeting of inspection resources, and for the community it means strong assurance that food entering Australia is safe and complies with our requirements.

"These agreements are based on an internationally recognised food safety management system model that is used around the world to enable two-way trade."

Further information on these compliance agreements is available at daff.gov.au/biosecurity/import/food/food-import-compliance-agreements-fica.