Khat is a shrub-like plant native to Ethiopia and grown throughout East Africa and Yemen. It is a cultural staple among East Africans and Yemenis and I used for both recreation as a light stimulant, and also for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Legitimacy Khat varies by country. This article will explain in detail the legal status of khat in Australia, the relative import regulations, and how to apply for licenses and import licenses.
Khat is controlled, prohibited plants in Australia, but with the proper permits and licenses can be imported for personal use. Khat is controlled by the Department of Health and Aging and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service. Individuals who wish to transfer to private Khat may be applied relatively easily, for a license through these organizations. The authorized imports amount licensee is 5 kg per month.
Khat may only be imported for personal use in Australia. It may not be imported for commercial purposes. When moving importer can not distribute Khat outside his / her immediate family.
potential importer must first hold both an import permit from the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, and import licenses provided through the Department of Health and Aging Office of Chemical Safety and Environment (OCSH). The application process for obtaining a license are very simple and straight forward. The ePermit Aquila can apply quickly online and issued within two to five days. The license is good for up to 24 months. Import license requires one page application filled out and submitted to the Office of Chemical Safety and the environment. OCSH says that applications are processed within 30 days. They are usually processed within one to two weeks and are valid for up to one year
import restrictions :.
In addition to the need to apply for permission ePermit and there are certain restrictions in compliance
1. Only Khat leaf can be transferred. No characters are allowed to be imported. Leaves should be cut above the first node of the stem.
2. Shipping Khat should be free from contamination or infestation
3. If the consignment is contaminated it must be treated with AQIS owners costs and can damage the product.
4. From December 2010 all shipments of fresh Khat will be fumigated on arrival at the importers expense.
5. The shipment can not be performed in any organic packaging such as banana leaves
The majority of the khat shipments to Australia are Dry Khat by fresh Khat is very sensitive to heat and air, and is usually there if not received within and chew two to three days of the selected
There are two charges in connection with importation Dry Khat
1. AQIS ePermit will cost $ 125. This is a one time payment that allows for the importer to import Khat up to 24 months.
2. Customs and Quarantine will also provide $ 90 inspection fee for each consignment of Khat is brought in. This fee is not different depending on the amount transferred, so that more immigrant coming (max 5 kg), the less the cost will be.
– There is no charge for import from OCSH