Import Requirement 12 - (Pea Weevil - Hosts and Vectors)


Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products 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.

12   Pea Weevil - Hosts and Vectors

NOTE:  THIS IMPORT REQUIREMENT IS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT MUST BE SATISFIED, AS RELEVANT, WHEN IMPORTING GRAIN OR SEED INTO TASMANIA FOR USE AS ANIMAL FEED, AS WELL AS SEED FOR SOWING.

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any type of dry pea seed except in accordance with the following:

I.         Dried peas1 that are intended for sowing or animal feed, including grain or seed mixes must be accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person stating that:

(a)     the State or Territory of Australia or of any other country in which the peas are grown are free of Pea Weevil (Bruchus pisorum L.); or

(b)     the peas have been fumigated with methyl bromide for 24 hours at atmospheric pressure according to one of the following rates:

(i)       32 – 40 grams per m3 at 10° - 14°C;

(ii)     24 – 32 grams per m3 at 15° - 20°C;

(iii)    16 – 24 grams per m3 at 21°C or higher; or

(c)     the peas have been fumigated with phosphine in a gas-tight2 structure or enclosure at the rate of at least 1.5 grams per cubic metre of sealed storage volume at a temperature of at least 15°C for at least 10 days; or

(d)     the peas have been gamma irradiated at 25 k Gray at an approved facility using an approved process (applies to peas intended for animal feed only); or

(e)     the peas must be consigned to an approved Level 3 premise within Tasmania for processing if conditions I (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) are not met (applies to peas intended for animal feed only).

II.       Other Grains and Seeds that May Contain Peas must:

(a)     contain zero pea seeds per kilogram of grain or seed as indicated by a Seed Analysis Certificate issued by an accredited laboratory which has examined a representative sample from the grain or seed lot (Refer IR30 for sampling protocol detail); or

(b)     if the representative sample of grain or seed contains one or more pea seeds per kilogram, the lot from which the sample was drawn must be:

(i)       accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person stating that the State or Territory of Australia or of the other country in which the peas were grown is free of Pea Weevil; or

(ii)     fumigated with methyl bromide according to requirement I(b) above; or

(iii)    fumigated with phosphine according to requirement I(c) above; or

(iv)    Gamma irradiated at 25 k Gray according to requirement I(d) above; or

(c)     the grain or seed must be consigned to an approved Level 3 premise within Tasmania for processing if conditions II(a) or (b) are not met.

III.      Conditions I and II do not apply where there exists a current area freedom certificate issued by the Chief Plant Health Manager or equivalent person, stating that the whole or that part of the State or Territory of Australia or of another country is free of Pea Weevil.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate.

·          1 "Peas" means all varieties of the plants Pisum sativum and Pisum arvense;

·          2 “Gas-tight” means that the storage must meet at least the minimum standard required, that is a pressure decay from 250 Pa to 125 Pa in five minutes, as measured by an accepted pressure test.


For more information, please contact

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

Pea Weevil (PW)

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