Restrictions on Importing Fox and Fox Products

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment wishes to remind members of the public that a total ban remains in force for the importation of live foxes into Tasmania.

Restrictions also apply to the importation into Tasmania of unprocessed or untanned fox carcasses, fox parts and all fox products (including fox scats) as follows:

  • Fox carcasses, salted, dried or frozen fox skins, including untanned fox tails, any other untanned fox parts and fox scats:
    Prohibited entry into Tasmania under the Animal Health Act 1995 unless accompanied by a document called a Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

    Hunters, collectors, taxidermists and members of the public wishing to import any of these fox products will need to apply to the CVO for a Special Authority giving prior written permission to import.

    Once CVO approval has been given, the importer will then need to notify Biosecurity Tasmania prior to importation of the unprocessed fox products.

  • Fully tanned fox skins/pelts/products, including fully mounted foxes prepared by a taxidermist:
    No restrictions apply to the importation into Tasmania of these fully tanned fox products, but they must still be presented for biosecurity inspection upon arrival in Tasmania.

Failure to comply with the import requirements of section 17(1) of the Animal Health Act 1995 may result in a $260 Biosecurity Infringement Notice being issued to the importer, with the fox parts or fox products being seized and destroyed.

If you have any queries relating to the importation process or the issuing of Special Authorities by the Chief Veterinary Officer for the importation of any fox products, please contact us - see below.


Biosecurity Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 3777 , or 1800 084 881 (For biosecurity service in your state)
Mobile: 0418 125 634 (After hours)
Fax: 03 6173 0225

Animal Disease Enquiries
Chief Veterinary Officer
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3263
Fax: 03 6278 1875

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