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Who we are

The Food and Beverage Importers Association (FBIA) is Australia’s peak industry body for dealing with regulatory controls, operational matters and logistics issues facing the food and beverage importers.

Members range from importers of foods ready for retail sale to importers of foods or ingredients for processing in Australia.

What we do

The FBIA represents and promotes the interests of importers with government agencies and key stakeholders. Our aim is to minimise the impact of regulations to the minimum level necessary to achieve public policy objectives.

Apart from working closely with government agencies, the Association is represented on key committees:

  • The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Industry Cargo Consultative Committee
  • Imported Food Consultative Committee
  • The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biologicals Consultative Group
  • FSANZ Retailers & Manufacturers Liaison Committee

Current Issues

Issues being worked on:

  • Assist members develop Food Import Compliance Agreements
  • Make Food Import Compliance Agreements more flexible
  • Encourage the trial of more risk return initiatives in biosecurity arrangements
  • Development of compliance agreements for quarantine/biosecurity
  • Development of BICON, the replacement for the AQIS Import Condition database (ICON)
  • Review of Import Conditions for processed foods
  • Inclusion of maximum residue limits for imports in the Food Standards Code
  • Review of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • Development of a new food standard for raw milk cheeses
  • Implementation of the new nutrition & health claims standard
  • Front of Pack Labelling issue

Additional Benefits for Members

The FBIA provides a broad range of benefits and services to its members and offers expertise in a number of areas including:

  • Technical assistance and guidance with company-specific problems.
  • Education and information to members of their regulatory obligations.
  • Regular updates on industry news, views and new developments in regulatory frameworks (such as changes in Food Standards, Imported Food Failing Food Report)

Achievements

Some of our achievements are:

  • Introduction of Food Import Compliance Agreements as alternative to the Imported Food Inspection Scheme 
  • Inclusion of maximum residue limits for imported food in Food Standards Code
  • Introduction of random inspection of certain plant products to replace mandatory inspection regime
  • More detailed reporting on Imported Food results