What we do

The FBIA represents and promotes the interests of food importers with government agencies and key stakeholders to minimise the impact of regulations while achieving the government’s public policy objectives.

How we do it

The FBIA works with regulators to influence the development of standards and regulatory controls to minimise the impact on importers and to achieve good public policy objectives. The association is represented on several committees across the imported food sector to ensure a consistent and transparent voice on behalf of members.

Current Issues for members

  • Import permit applications
  • Introducing Food Import Compliance Agreements (FICA)
  • Inspection issues at the border
  • BICON; identifying a food type and other challenge
  • Review of Import Conditions for processed foods
  • FSANZ – harmonisation of maximum residue limits
  • Front of Pack and allergen labelling
  • Country of Origin labelling

So, what do members get?

The FBIA provides a broad range of personal services to benefit member businesses. These include:

Personalised and confidential service and guidance

Technical assistance across the imported food sector

Education and information on regulatory compliance

The ability to connect to department decision makers through the Executive Officer

Weekly updates on industry news, views and new developments in regulatory frameworks

Five general meetings each year with industry related guest speakers and networking opportunities

Some of our achievements include:

Development of trusted relationships with government, regulators and industry bodies

The introduction of Food Import Compliance Agreements (FICA)

Working with FSANZ on Applications to amend the Food Standards Code

Inclusion of maximum residue limits for imported food in Food Standards Code

The introduction of random inspection for certain plant products

More detailed reporting on imported food results


Become a member now

Members have access to technical assistance across the imported sector, guidance and support on industry issues, education and information on regulatory obligations, and access to various networking opportunities.