Cargo types

If you are sending cargo to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) for the Australian Antarctic program (AAP), you must ensure all cargo (including personal effects, work equipment, clothing, footwear) is absolutely clean or new. Thoroughly inspect cargo for traces of contaminants (e.g. plants, seeds, soil, insect eggs and any other propagules) before you send your cargo to the AAD. Hot wash and dry any clothing, running shoes and footwear, bags or gear that you used in field training or have worn elsewhere. For further information regarding responsibilities for protecting Antarctica and Antarctic marine waters, refer to the Environmental Code for Participants in the Australian Antarctic Program.

Before AAP cargo is on forwarded to the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic, cargo is processed through biosecurity screening at the AAD, to help reduce the introduction of biosecurity risks. If you consider your cargo should be exempt from biosecurity treatments (e.g. if you have sensitive scientific project cargo), contact Supply Services as soon as possible.

For reporting purposes, AAP cargo is broken down into different cargo types or categories e.g. general cargo, personal effects, mail articles and scientific samples. To find out further information about these cargo categories, click on the hyperlinks below.

For information regarding cargo items containing Dangerous Goods (DGs), refer to the Dangerous Goods page.

Cargo must be consigned in AAD's Electronic Consignment System (Econ) by the category type. For information regarding consigning cargo in Econ, refer to the consigning your cargo page.