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Important update regarding the export of food items to Australia

Australia’s department of agriculture, water and the environment has announced import restrictions for various food items, starting on September 3rd, 2020. Measures are being taken to curb the spread of the khapra beetle (trogoderma granarium). Exporters wanting to ship products like wheat, rice, pulses and other plant products to Australia, please familiarize yourselves with the announcement shown below.

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Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) wish to advise of a the following notification from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department)
 
On 13 August 2020, the department issued IAN 127-2020 informing stakeholders of its intention to implement urgent actions to address the risk of khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) on high-risk plant products that are hosts of this pest.

Commencement of urgent actions for khapra beetle: Phase 1

The department will commence Phase 1 of the urgent actions on 3 September 2020. From this date the following list of high-risk plant products (in various raw and processed forms for any end use) will not be permitted entry from any country into Australia within unaccompanied personal effects (UPEs), or within low value air and sea freight (lodged through self-assessed clearance (SAC)):

  •     Rice (Oryza sativa)
  •     Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)
  •     Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita spp.; Cucumis spp.; Citrullus spp.)
  •     Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)
  •     Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)
  •     Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)
  •     Soybean (Glycine max)
  •     Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)
  •     Lentils (Lens culinaris)
  •     Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  •     Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  •     Celery seed (Apium graveolens)
  •     Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)
  •     Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)
  •     Faba bean (Vicia faba)
  •     Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)
  •     Pea seed (Pisum sativum)
  •     Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp.)

 
The following exclusions apply: goods imported as commercial trade samples* or for research purposes, goods that are thermally processed that are commercially manufactured and packaged such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised goods, fresh vegetables, commercially manufactured frozen food and frozen plant products or oils derived from vegetables or seed.
Failure to comply with the urgent actions will result in export or destruction of the goods upon arrival in Australia.

*Commercial trade samples includes seeds imported for commercial breeding trials

Please consult IAN 134-2020 for further information.

Notification of planned urgent actions for khapra beetle: Phase 2 

From mid-October 2020*, the following list of high-risk plant products (in various raw and processed forms for any end use) will not be permitted entry from any country into Australia within mail articles (including items posted using Express Mail Service) or baggage carried by international travellers (accompanied baggage):
  

  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)
  • Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita spp.; Cucumis spp.; Citrullus spp.)
  • Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)
  • Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)
  • Soybean (Glycine max)
  • Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)
  • Lentils (Lens culinaris)    •    Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Celery seed (Apium graveolens)
  • Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)
  • Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)
  • Faba bean (Vicia faba)
  • Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)
  • Pea seed (Pisum sativum)
  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp.)

 
The following exclusions apply: goods that are thermally processed that are commercially manufactured and packaged such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised goods, fresh vegetables, commercially manufactured frozen food and frozen plant products or oils derived from vegetables or seed.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in destruction of the goods upon arrival in Australia.

*The implementation date will be provided in a subsequent IAN.

Please consult IAN 153-2020 for further information. 

Importers, businesses and consumers are asked to report anything unusual in their imported goods. To report a biosecurity concern visit awe.gov.au/report or call the See. Secure. Report hotline on 1800 798 636.

Do you have questions?

Please do no hestitate to contact Beat Ineichen, our Senior Consultant South Asia / ANZ.

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