1. Shading to prevent photocopying. The sky-blue shading of the certificate comes with an implication feature. When it is observed in normal light the implication feature is invisible but clear printed word “COPY” appears on the photocopy of the original when copied.
2. Micro-texting. The four side lines in the shading of the certificate is embedded in a cycle with the micro-text stating CHINA INSPECTION AND QUARANTINE” which can be clearly seen when magnified x 20times.
3. Embossment of the CIQ symbol.
4. Fluorescent ink. Green fluorescence can be illuminated under an ultraviolet light directed at the dark blue CIQ symbol on the upper left edge of the certificate. Red fluorescence can be illuminated under an ultraviolet light directed at the red word “ORIGINAL” on the upper right edge.
5. Anti counterfeiting paper. Red and blue colourless florescent particles as well as red and blue colourless fluorescent fibres are added to the certificate paper. Fluorescent particles and fluorescent fibres can only be seen under an ultraviolent light. Besides being seen from both sides of a document the same fluorescent fibre can give off either a red or blue fluorescence depending on which side is being viewed at the time. Meanwhile dark red and dark blue colour fibres visible in sunshine are also added to the paper.
6. Barcode. A bar code is printed at the bottom right edge on the first page of the certificate and the bar code of every certificate is exclusive. The bar code can be used to trace back to the printing stage of the certificate.
For those that this notice is relevant to below are some of the problems that may be faced based on past experiences with the implementation of new procedures by AQIS
1. All treatment certificates unless 100% correct and containing all security features will need to be lodged with AQIS for processing.
2. Should some features not be clear on copies AQIS may request the original document before releasing cargo.
3. Should AQIS not be satisfied with the document it will be deemed invalid and the goods may require re-treatment in Australia.
Most of all by submitting documents to AQIS there is a 24 hour turn around period. We would ask that you assist us in helping you obtain clearance of your cargo by having all applicable documents to us as soon as possible so we can have AQIS process your documents as early as possible.
We would also urge that you forward this email to all relevant suppliers and request they ensure that the correct treatment certificate is obtained for all applicable cargo.