Importing used machinery

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All used agricultural, mining and earth-moving machinery or equipment arriving in Western Australia from other states and territories is inspected by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia's (DPIRD) Quarantine WA service for contamination, such as soil, seeds and other plant material.

Before bringing machinery into WA you must ensure it is cleaned thoroughly prior to arrival. Normal grime such as light road dust, grease, concrete or bitumen is not of concern. If the machinery is cleaned to a high quarantine standard prior to entry this will avoid delays and having to pay commercial cleaning rates at a quarantine-approved registered cleaning premise on arrival. Machinery will be refused entry if it is not cleaned to quarantine standard.

Limited inspections are conducted at the Kununurra and Eucla road checkpoints and, if required, more detailed inspections take place in the Kununurra town site or Kalgoorlie. At the inspector's discretion, machinery may also be inspected at Quarantine Registered Premises in the Perth metropolitan area.

Machinery arriving by rail is inspected at Kalgoorlie or directed to an approved quarantine facility for inspection. Machinery arriving by sea is inspected at Fremantle Port.

Importers are advised to obtain the relevant certification, such as a interstate plant health certification in the state of origin, prior to despatching the machinery to WA. While this will facilitate entry it does not guarantee the machinery will pass the compulsory quarantine inspection on arrival in WA.

Specific requirements

Machinery used in the vicinity of potato or grape production, or originating from areas contaminated by blueberry rust or red imported fire ant, are required to have interstate plant health certificates.

Machinery that is designed to be used on or likely to come in contact with other plant material may be required to have an interstate plant health certificate or statutory declaration.

Please check Quarantine WA Import Requirements for any conditions of entry relating to machinery.

Note: machinery used within the grape industry will also require an import permit from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia.

Mining machinery

If the exporter can make a declaration on a company letterhead declaring that the machine has only been used more than two metres below ground, mining machinery may be accepted with some hard, 'baked-on' sub-soil or ore in places that are difficult to access, provided all loose material is removed. If there is any doubt, the quarantine inspector may take samples for examination by a soil pathologist, at the importer’s cost.

New agricultural machinery is subject to declaration and inspection upon arrival. New machinery that has been field-tested is regarded as used machinery by Quarantine WA.

Contact information

Quarantine WA Imports