Department of Agriculture – delays in processing import documentation

Department of Agriculture – delays in processing import documentation

Processing Delays

Quarantine Import Entry processing delays via COLS and email. The Department of Agriculture who explained that they have experienced this week unforeseen absences due to illness, extensive internal training for use of BICON and a further backlog as a result of yesterday’s public holiday in Brisbane.

Industry is clearly frustrated and are sending multiple sets of documents in a desperate bid for service and are also making an extensive number of calls for assistance. Combined, these factors have clearly adversely impacted on service delivery with delays of up to 3 days.

We understand that extra resources will be deployed by the Department over the week-end.  Realistically, we will not see service levels return to the guideline standards (24 hours for COLS / 48 hours for email) until Monday 17 August 2015.