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All imports of plant or animal products requires an import permit. Application forms for for Permission to Import can be obtained from any NAQIA office around PNG, but are processed at the NAQIA Headquarters in Port Moresby .

The following forms are available from NAQIA offices nation wide:

Application for Permission to Import Foodstuff of Plant Origin

  • Application for Permission to Import Foodstuff of Animal Origin
  • Rice
  • Seeds
  • Timber
  • Live Animals and Biologicals
  • Mud, sand, gravel

All imports of plant or animal origin must comply with the Import Conditions set by NAQIA. These conditions can be found on the website (Animal Quarantine Circulars and Plant Quarantine Circulars). All imports must comply with the General Animal and Plant Conditions (AQC1 and AQC2) as well as the specific conditions for the commodity.

Below is a summary of which commodities and countries are covered by specific conditions:

New Imports

If an importer would like to import an item that does not have established import conditions, the importer will have to first seek permission from NAQIA to import, and apply to have an Import Risk Analysis done on that commodity.

Normal Permits and Fast Track Permits

A Normal Permit is considered a permit that is applied for well in advance (no more less than 1 week before the estimated time of arrival of the consignment). The Fast Track Permit is applied for when the goods are arriving within 1 week of the estimated time of arrival or have already landed, without an approved import permit. The Fast Track fees are a penalty fee for not complying with AQC/PQC1. The fee is 50% of the permit fee and clearance costs (including inspection fees). Clients are r

urged to apply for permits well in advance; as is stated in the general import conditions for plants and animals (PQC1 and AQC1).

Cargo inspection and clearance

All containers, loose cargo, machinery, second hand vehicles, etc, are inspected for pests or vectors of pests and diseases of quarantine concern.

Once a consignment has passed Quarantine inspection, it will be released to the importer.



Related Links


Customs - PNG

Department of Agriculture and livestock - DAL

National Fisheries Authority

Secretariate of the Pacific Community

Papua New Guinea Forest Authority

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services - AQIS

Papua New Guinea Oil Palm Research Association

Coffee Industry Coperation - CIC

Independant Consumer & Competition Commission (ICCC)
National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI)