Import Requirement 15 - (Red Imported Fire Ant - 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.

15   Red Imported Fire Ant - Vectors

NOTE:  THIS IMPORT REQUIREMENT CURRENTLY APPLIES TO PLANTS, PLANT PRODUCTS AND OTHER PRESCRIBED MATTER IMPORTED FROM THE STATE OF QUEENSLAND.

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any vector1 of red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren), except in accordance with the following:

I.         Vectors from within 5 kilometres of a known infestation of red imported fires ant (RIFA):

(a)     must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate from the State or Territory of origin stating that the host material:

(i)       originates from a property that has been inspected and accredited by an authorised officer of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) as being free of RIFA; and

(ii)     the property has been inspected within the past four weeks by an authorised officer of the QDPI or a person accredited by the QDPI under an approved ICA arrangement and no RIFA detected; and

(iii)    the property does not share host material with another property known to be infested with RIFA unless that host material has been given an approved treatment.

or

(b)     must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate from the State or Territory of origin stating that the host material has been given one of the following approved treatments:

(i)       for containerised plants in potting medium or with potting medium attached:

·          the plants and container have been inspected and found free of RIFA; and

·          the potting medium has been treated:

a.       with Bifenthrin 2g/kg granules at 16 to 61g/10L potting medium (permit 9796), or in accordance with APVMA permits 13916 or 13959, within 60 days of export; or

a.       with Chlorpyrifos 100g/kg granules at 750 g/m3 potting mix (SuSCon Green® label), or in accordance with APVMA permit 14256, within 180 days of export; or

c.       within 10 days of export to Tasmania, with:

i.         full immersion or drenching of the container and root ball in a solution of bifenthrin 80g/L at 25ml/100L potting medium (permit 10043), with a commercial wetting agent; or

ii.        full immersion or drenching of container and root ball in a solution of chlorpyrifos 500g/L at 40ml/100L potting medium (permit 13504) with a commercial wetting agent; or

iii.       drenching with cyfluthrin in accordance with APVMA permit 12073;

and

·          once treated, the plants have been isolated in a secure area (that is greater than 5 metres from plants that have not been treated), prior to consignment. (ii) for agricultural equipment and used containers:

(ii)     the equipment or containers have been inspected and found free of RIFA; and

·          the equipment or containers have been inspected and found free of RIFA; and

·          the equipment or containers have been cleaned free of organic matter and soil by brushing, use of a high-pressure air/water hose or steam cleaning.

(iii)    for potting media and organic mulch, the material has been:

·          fumigated with Methyl Bromide at the rate of 48 grams per cubic metre at 21o C for 24 hours; and

·          stored, handled and consigned after treatment so as to prevent infestation with fire ant;

or

·          heat treated so as to bring the entire mass to a minimum temperature of 65.5oC; and

·          stored, handled and consigned after treatment so as to prevent infestation with fire ant.

or

·          produced, stored, handled and consigned in such a manner that would prevent infestation or destroy all life stages of the RIFA; and

·          packed in the original sealed bag or other container in which it was commercially packed.

(iv)    for hay and straw:

·          the hay or straw has been fumigated with Methyl Bromide at the rate of 48 grams per cubic metre at 21ºC for 24 hours; and

·          stored, handled and consigned after treatment so as to prevent infestation with fire ant.

II.       Vectors from places more than 5 kilometres from a known infestation of RIFA must be accompanied by:

(a)     Plant Health Certificate stating that the material originates from a property that is more than 5 kilometres from any known infestation of fire ant; or

(b)     Plant Health Assurance Certificate stating that the material originates from a property that has been accredited by an authorised officer of the QDPI as being located more than 5 kilometres from any known infestation of fire ant.

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

·          1 Vectors of Red Imported Fire Ant include: plants with attached potting media, potting media, organic mulch, soil and turf2 , hay, straw, agricultural equipment3 and used containers4.

·          2 Soil and Turf are not permitted entry into Tasmania as freedom from soil is a condition of entry for any item.

·          3 Agricultural Equipment includes: machinery, vehicles or any equipment used for the culture, harvesting, packing or processing of any plant or plant product, or in cultivation, spraying, harvesting, earth moving, packing and transport of host material.

·          4 Used Container includes: pots, bins, crates and pallets used in growing, harvesting, packing or transport of host material.

·          Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-39 (Inspection and Treatment of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant), satisfy Clause I of this Import Requirement.

·          Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-40 (Property Freedom of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant), satisfy Clause II of this Import Requirement.


For more information, please contact

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

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)

Import Requirement

ICA-39: Inspection and Treatment of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant
ICA-40: Property Freedom of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant

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