Cargo from Antarctica

Man in a warehouse holding a box
Macquarie Island expeditioner preparing cargo for return to Australia - RTA (Photo: Greg Stone)

Cargo from Antarctica is regarded by AQIS as being imported from overseas. As such,  the cargo facility is required to ensure that all return to Australia (RTA) cargo and equipment is clean and free of soil and other contaminants, which involves the cleaning of equipment, machinery and containers in a Quarantine-approved washdown facility. Fumigation may also be required if invertebrates are found during inspections.

RTA cargo is checked for fruit, meat, animal products, souvenirs, timber, soil etc, which could carry exotic contaminants into the Tasmanian environment. This is of particular concern where expeditioners have carried items from overseas voyage departures eg Cape Town and New Zealand departure points.