This section contains useful information related to cargo (freight) to and from Antarctica (including the Antarctic continent, nearshore marine zone), Southern Ocean (>60°S) and Macquarie Island.

Cargo is classified as goods carried on a ship, aircraft or motor vehicle. All cargo movements must be reported in the AAD’s Econ System (electronic cargo consignment system). The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) relies on the information entered into Econ, to meet its regulatory and legislative requirements.

The AAD provides cargo and logistics support, and biosecurity measures for the Australian Antarctic Program. The AAD also facilitates the import and export of cargo. International cargo held by the AAD for on forwarding e.g. transhipment, underbond or carnet cargo, must be addressed to the Cargo and Biosecurity Centre (CBC). Please contact Supply Planning before arranging the delivery of this cargo as prior notification is required.

All imported cargo returning from the Antarctic continent (including nearshore marine zone) and Southern Ocean (>60°S), is subject to compliance with the Customs Act 1901. The conditions of cargo returning from these areas and Macquarie Island, are subject to biosecurity control (Biosecurity Act 2015), as soon as they enter Tasmania, Australia.

Cargo (goods) must be cleared for movement by relevant regulators prior to being released to the AAD. After cargo is released, it is on-forwarded to cargo owners.

Note: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices are banned from air travel.

Due to a worldwide recall by Apple, all Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only and must remain switched off during the flight. This device is banned from ‘checked in’ luggage.