Import Requirement 5 - (Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition)


Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Produce into Tasmania’ must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre.  Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

5         Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed below unless it has unbroken skin and complies with the following:

I.         Avocado (selected varieties):

(a)     Fruit of Hass, Sharwill, Fuerte and Reed cultivars must have been harvested in a hard condition (Mediterranean fruit fly only); or

(b)     Fruit of Hass and Lamb Haas cultivars must have been harvested in a hard condition (Queensland fruit fly only).

Hard means not soft or softening, or having any isolated soft areas or broken skin on any part of the fruit;

II.       Banana (all varieties) - must be mature and green on arrival, or mature and green immediately before being artificially ripened in a properly constructed and operated ripening chamber, immediately before shipment to Tasmania. Mature means the flesh is hard and not flexible. Green means the skin is green and shows no yellow colouration except for areas towards the flower end provided the flesh beneath is still hard;

III.      Black Sapote – must be green with skin free of black colouring;

IV.     Durians, Jackfruit, Longans, Lychees, Mangosteens, Rambutans, Jaboticaba and Pomegranate – must be firm fleshed;

V.       Passionfruit (purple types only) – must be unwrinkled;

VI.     Papayas (non-defective flowering type only) and Babaco – must be hard and green. Hard means fruit is not soft or softening on any part. Green means the skin is green and shows no more than 25% of its ripening colour over its whole surface;

VII.   Tahitian limes – must be mature and green. Mature means the flesh is hard. Green means the skin is green and shows no yellow colouration;

VIII. Tomatoes – must be mature and green. Mature and green means fruit has no more than a two centimetre diameter area of pink to red colour at the stylar end at the time of sorting after harvest.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate.

·         Unbroken skin means the skin has no pre-harvest cracks, punctures, pulled stem or other breaks that penetrate to the flesh, including breaks that have healed with callus tissue.

·         Clause I of this Import Requirement applies in respect of Mediterranean fruit fly only.

·         Clause II of this Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly.

·         Clauses III - VIII of this Import Requirement apply in respect of Queensland fruit fly only.

·         Consignments of any of the above fruit that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols ICA 06 (Certification of Hard Green Bananas), ICA 08 (Mature Green Condition and Immature Green Condition of Papaw and Babaco), ICA 13 (Unbroken Skin Condition of Approved Fruits), ICA 15 (Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes), ICA 16 (Certification of Mature Green Condition of Bananas), ICA-27 (Mature Green Condition of Tomatoes) and ICA 30 (Hard Condition of Avocados) , satisfy this Import Requirement for each relevant Clause; e.g. ICA 30 satisfies Clause I.

·         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.


For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF)
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

Import Requirement

ICA-06: Certification of Hard Green Bananas
ICA-08: Mature Green Condition and Immature Green Condition of Papaw and Babaco
ICA-13: Unbroken Skin Condition of Approved Fruits
ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes
ICA-16: Certification of Mature Green Condition of Bananas
ICA-27: Mature Green Condition of Tomatoes
ICA-30: Hard Condition of Avocado

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