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Melbourne e-commerce business fined $13k for unauthorised imports

Investigators from the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) have fined a Melbourne e-commerce order fulfilment business more than $13,000 for allegedly importing industrial chemicals without the required registration.

Following a joint investigation with Victoria Police, AICIS Compliance issued a 60-penalty-unit infringement notice for $13,320 to the Melbourne business, which imports, stores and ships goods for online sellers.

Under the Industrial Chemicals Act (IC Act), an importer or manufacturer must be registered with AICIS for the registration year before introducing an industrial chemical during that year. Penalties may apply if a person introduces an industrial chemical without being registered.

AICIS reminds all importers, including order fulfilment businesses and similar companies that provide import services to online sellers, that the requirements and offence provisions of the IC Act fall on the introducer of the chemicals as the importer of record.

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