The Office of Drug Controlaccepting & actioning import permits electronically

Friday, September 10, 2021

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has been advised by Australian Border Force (ABF) that effective immediately, there is a process change for the lodgement and endorsement of permits from the Office of Drug Control (ODC).
Shipments requiring the presentation of Office of Drug Control Permits will now be actioned electronically.

Importers / brokers should provide scanned copies of applicable ODC permits with the relevant commercial documentation for import entry to the relevant states redline mailbox for processing and endorsement.

The email subject line should be prefixed with "Office of Drug Control Permit" for easy identification. 

Please be aware that original copies may still be required for physical presentation if requested by ABF.
This change in process will reduce the need for industry to physically attend ABF offices in the relevant state for endorsement during the current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Please contact the ABF via the redline mailbox in your state if you require any further clarification.

Susan Danks -  Head of Customs & Regulatory Compliance, FTA / APSA

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