Import Requirement 39 - (Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used))


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.


39     Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used)


A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any agricultural equipment1 or machinery2 , or vehicle3 except in accordance with the following:

I.         GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

(a)     The agricultural equipment, machinery or vehicle must be thoroughly cleaned prior to arrival to ensure it is free of any prescribed matter4, including soil, plants, seeds or other plant material, debris or any other thing that may harbour a pest or disease agent; and

(b)     The agricultural equipment, machinery or vehicle must meet all other relevant Import Requirements in this Manual and may be accompanied by either a certificate or other declaration detailing pre-shipment procedures such as cleaning, (or other treatment as considered necessary)5.

EXPLANATORY NOTES:

          Any agricultural equipment or machinery entering Tasmania that does not comply with Clause I(a) and I(b):

(i)       will be directed for cleaning, (or other treatment as considered necessary), at a place and in a manner approved by Biosecurity Tasmania; (a substantial amount of dismantling may be required to prove no pockets of prescribed matter, soil, etc, remain hidden); or

(ii)     if satisfactory treatment is not possible, the contaminated agricultural equipment or machinery will be re-exported.

          All costs associated with cleaning or re-export will be the responsibility of the importer.

          A Cleaning Checklist is provided to serve as a guide to assist in the cleaning of a grain harvester. The numbered sections listed in the Cleaning Checklist correspond to the numbers in the diagrams of a Rotary Harvester and a Conventional Harvester. These represent contamination “hot spots”, which must be found to be clean of all prescribed matter on inspection.

1 Agricultural equipment means any equipment or vehicle used for the culture, harvesting, packing or processing of any plant or plant product.

2 Machinery means any type of machinery or equipment, agricultural or non-agricultural, which may be contaminated with prescribed matter of any form.

3 Vehicle means any form of transport equipment, whether it be private or commercial vehicle, dirt bikes, motorcycle, truck, towable trailer including horse floats, off-road 4-wheel drive vehicles, etc.

4 Prescribed matter means: any plant; any plant product; any new or used package; a vehicle; any new or used agricultural equipment; any soil; and any disease agent.

5 Grain harvester means (in addition to the meaning of ‘agricultural equipment’ and ‘machinery’), any type of header (‘combine harvester’), both self-propelled and towed, including parts thereof, which pick up, thresh and clean grain, and cutter rowers that cut and windrow the crop prior to harvest.




Area to Clean


All Harvesters


Area Cleaned

þ


Checked by Biosecurity Tasmania

 þ


1


Area under the skid plate

 

 


2


Header knives and fingers

 

 


3


Horizontal auger

 

 


4


All areas behind covers

 

 


5


Areas inside belts (draper fronts)

 

 


6


Feeder house

 

 


7


Driver’s cab

 

 


8


Fan, fan housing and shields

 

 


9


Chassis, including axles, chassis rails and undercarriage areas

 

 


10


Tailing auger

 

 


11


Sieves and grain pan

 

 


12


Grain bin and auger(s)

 

 


13


Engine compartment, radiator core and covers

 

 


14


Grain elevator, including cups and rubber flights

 

 


15


Straw spreaders or choppers

 

 


16


Tyres and rims

 

 

 


Conventional Harvester


17


Threshing or separating area, including the drum, concaves concave wiring, and stone trap

 

 


18


Beater drum, including the area between the drum and walkers

 

 


19


Straw walkers, including the beater and chaff pan, underneath the straw walkers, and any concealed area under air flaps

 

 

 


Rotary Harvester


17


External top and sides of the conical section of the rotor cage, and stone trap

 

 


18


Areas inside the top of the conical section

 

 


19


Threshing or separating area, including along the rotor cage

 

 

 


Bins and Augers

 


All bins and augers must be empty and clean

 

 

 


Wiring Looms

 

 

 


Conduit need not be removed, but must be cleaned

 

 


After cleaning, machines should be left dismantled to facilitate biosecurity inspection.

 

(Images courtesy of Department of Agriculture and Food, WA)




For more information, please contact

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

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