General Import Requirements for Plants, Plant Products and/or Prescribed Matter


Conditions and Restrictions on Prescribed Matter (including Plants and Plant Products)

 

Further to specific import requirements for given plants or plant products or other prescribed matter, Sections 2.1 - 2.7 of this Manual define the general entry conditions which must be met for the import of any prescribed matter being imported into Tasmania, in regard to:

·                General Warnings;

·                Pre-entry importation requirements for provision of importation notices and certification;

·                Permitted points of entry;

·                General hygiene standards required for permitted entry of prescribed matter;

·                Secure handling, storage and transport of prescribed matter;

·                Labelling and Packaging requirements when importing prescribed matter;

·                Post-entry importation requirements for inspection.

 

 

2.1   General Warnings

This Manual has been produced pursuant to Section 68 of the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 (the Act). Parts 2 and 3 of the Manual contain conditions and restrictions on the importation of prescribed matter, including plants and plant products, into Tasmania. Failure to comply with the conditions and restrictions in this Manual is an offence under the Act which may result in prosecution.

 

Any importer*(*see definition Section 1.13 of this Manual) who is intending to import plants, plant products or other prescribed matter must not provide information that is false or misleading on any document or thing associated with importation. This includes but is not limited to information presented to a Biosecurity Tasmania Inspector or other relevant authorised person, whether physically or electronically, in writing or by a mark, stamp or inscription on forms, labels, cartons (including trays, punnets, etc.), bags, hat bins, electronic devices or containers.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

·                All prescribed matter (including plants and plant products) is subject to inspection on arrival (see Section 2.7 of this Manual), and if necessary subject to treatment, re-export or destruction as appropriate.

·                Any imported item that is inspected and found to be contaminated with soil or other prescribed matter will be held and directed either for treatment, re-export or destruction.

Section 1.3 of this Manual, outlines some of the general powers held by an Inspector to direct prescribed matter for treatment by stating:

“If an inspector reasonably believes any prescribed matter is not free from any pest or disease, they can direct it to be treated or dealt with in some other manner. This applies to any prescribed matter, whether it is subject to an import requirement, or not.”

 

2.2   Pre-Entry Importation Requirements for Provision of Importation Notices and Certification with Imported Prescribed Matter

An importer* (*see definition Section 1.13 of this Manual) must not import, or cause to be imported, into Tasmania any plants, plant products, or other prescribed matter, unless the following notices and certifications are first supplied not less than 24 hours prior to importation:

 

2.2.1    Notice of Intention (NoI) to Import:

 

I.         The relevant biosecurity Notice of Intention (NoI) must be submitted to a Biosecurity Tasmania inspector. The form(s) can be submitted via email, fax, or in-person at a Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre, as listed on the form (see also Section 2.3 - Permitted Points of Entry).

 

II.       Failure to submit a NoI and accompanying certifications on time (at least 24 hours prior to import) and to the correct address, may cause a delay in the clearance of the prescribed matter.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

·                Use the relevant proforma provided online as a downloadable PDF at the following web address: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/biosecurity-forms;

·                You must fill out the correct NoI, legibly and in full, relevant to the type of plant or plant product, or prescribed matter, being proposed to be imported into Tasmania;

·                As specified on the NoI, any plants, plant material (such as leaves for scientific analysis) or seeds for sowing imported must be identified by their correct scientific name (Genus and species).

·                A NoI must also still be supplied for plants, plant products or seeds originating from overseas, even where the consignment is still under Federal (Department of Agriculture) control on arrival to Tasmania.

 

AND

 

2.2.2     Certification and Supporting Documentation:

 

I.         All relevant certification and other supporting documentation must clearly demonstrate that the plants, plants products or other prescribed matter declared on the Notice of Intention to Import matches the physical consignment that is to be imported into Tasmania and any certification accompanying that consignment.

·                Certification may include Plant Health Certificates (PHC), Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC) and/or treatment certification such as fumigation certificates. Other supporting documentation may include invoices, statutory declarations, laboratory testing reports, and/or exemptions issued by Biosecurity Tasmania etc.

·                If the plant, plant product, or other prescribed matter is of a type to which a specific import requirement(s) applies, the relevant import requirement may also require the production of additional documentation. See the import requirements for details under Section 2.19 of the Manual;

·                Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols ICA-17 (Splitting Consignments and Reconsigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce), ICA-57 (Repacking of Fruit Fly and Phylloxera Host Produce) or ICA-58 (Certification of Composite Lots) satisfy this clause, Clause 2.2.2.

 

AND

 

2.2.3     Pest Freedom Certificates:

I.         A State or Territory may provide the Chief Plant Health Manager of Biosecurity Tasmania with a State Pest Freedom Certificate that officially states:

(a)      The whole of the State or Territory is free of a particular declared pest (or disease).

In such circumstance, unless otherwise specifically stated in an Import Requirement in this Manual, the requirement for the provision of a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate for that declared pest is no longer required to accompany each consignment, provided that:

(i)        the Notice of Intention; and

(ii)       labelling on the packaging of each container in the consignment, clearly identifies that the product was grown and packed in the State or Territory covered by such a State Pest Freedom Certificate;

and

(iii)     All other import conditions specified in Part 2 of the Manual still apply, including:

·                Section 2.5 - Secure Handling, Storage and Transport of Prescribed Matter; and

·                Any specific Import Requirement relevant to the import.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

·                A whole of State Pest Freedom Certificate must be based upon agreed demonstration that the particular declared pest (or disease) does not occur in that State or Territory;

·                Such a certificate must be renewed annually;

·                In the event that the declared pest (or disease) status of an exporting State or Territory changes, the Chief Plant Health Manager, Biosecurity Tasmania, must be notified immediately and the status revoked.

(b)      A part of the State or Territory is free of a particular declared pest (or disease).

In such circumstance, unless otherwise specifically stated in an Import Requirement, the matter of what regulatory conditions may apply will be reviewed by the Chief Plant Health Manager, Biosecurity Tasmania on a case-by-case basis.

 


2.3   Permitted Points of Entry

An importer must not import or cause to be imported into Tasmania any plants, plant products or other prescribed matter except:

 

2.3.1    At one of the following seaports:

 

Bell Bay

Naracoopa

Bridport

Port Huon

Burnie

Port Latta

Currie

Risdon

Devonport

Smithton

Grassy

Spring Bay

Hobart

St Helens

Inspection Head

Stanley

Lady Barron

Strahan

Launceston

Whitemark

Longreach

Wynyard

 

OR

 

2.3.2    At one of the following airports:

 

Bridport Aerodrome

Launceston Airport

Cambridge Airport

Smithton Airport

Devonport Airport

St Helens Aerodrome

Hobart Airport

Whitemark Airport

King Island Aerodrome

Wynyard Airport

 

PLEASE NOTE:  An importer must not remove any imported plants, plant products and/or prescribed matter from the Permitted Point of Entry into which they imported until they have complied with post-entry importation inspection guidelines as specified in Section 2.7 below.

 

2.4   General Hygiene Standards Required for Permitted Entry of Prescribed Matter

An importer must not import, or cause to be imported, into Tasmania any plants, plant products, or other prescribed matter, unless the material:

 

2.4.1    is free of soil. Soil is prohibited entry to Tasmania. Any prescribed matter imported into the State, including potting media, must be free of soil.

              ‘Soil’ is defined as the top layer of the Earth, consisting of rock and mineral particulates that may be mixed with organic matter in which plants grow or are grown.

           The only exceptions to this prohibition are:

 

I.         when small lots of soil may be allowed import into Tasmania for scientific analysis, in controlled and secure laboratory conditions, as specified under Import Requirement 37. On completion of analysis, the soil is destroyed in secure conditions prior to disposal; or

 

II.       a maximum tolerance limit of up to 0.1% by weight of the sample submitted for testing, in the bulk import of:

(a)      animal feed grain (see Import Requirement 30, Clause III); or

(b)      seed (see Import Requirement 36 – Restricted Seeds (Soils and Stones)).

 

2.4.2    is free of any declared Quarantine Pest, whether it be a:

I.         List A or B Regulated Quarantine Pest (as listed in Appendix 1.1 of the Manual); and/or

II.       Unwanted Quarantine Pest (as listed in Appendix 1.2 of the Manual).

and

 

2.4.3    is free of any declared weed as a contaminant:

Plants ‘declared’ as weeds under the Weed Management Act 1999 are prohibited entry into Tasmania (see https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/weeds-index ). Importers must not introduce declared weed and/or weed propagules when importing prescribed matter into the State. Particular caution must be paid in regard to high risk entry pathways, including used agricultural equipment and machinery, vehicles (new and used), bulk commodity imports such as fodder, straws such as bedding straw or pea straw, compost, shipping containers, and livestock. Machinery and equipment must be carefully washed down (see Section 2.14), and fodder/bedding should be weed seed free (see Section 2.12).

 

2.5   Secure Handling, Storage and Transport of Prescribed Matter (including plants or plant products)

It is a general condition of import that any certified (treated) prescribed matter is handled, stored and transported in secure conditions which prevents any form of cross-contamination of pests and diseases from the time of treatment to its point of arrival in Tasmania. A number of Import Requirements do make reference to this general condition of entry. In some instances, for pests like fruit fly, specific conditions may apply for secure handling, storage and transport such as Schedule 1B of this Manual.

 

2.6   Labelling & Packaging Requirements when Importing Prescribed Matter (including plants or plant products) into Tasmania

 

When importing into Tasmania any prescribed matter and/or package containing prescribed matter (including plants or plant products), it must meet the following entry requirements specified in Sections 2.6.1 - 2.6.4 of this Manual as follows:

 

2.6.1    Mail Order and Online Purchases:

I.         All persons purchasing plants, plant products or other prescribed matter via mail order or online purchasing are considered the ‘importer’ of such prescribed matter;

II.       Any such ‘importer’* (*see definition Section 1.13) must comply with all import conditions that may apply to the import of such prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) as specified in this Manual;

III.    Packages containing prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) sent by postal services or courier must be clearly, and visibly, marked:

“For the attention of Biosecurity Tasmania”.

 

2.6.2    Packaging* (*see definition, Section 1.13 of this Manual):

Packaging must be:

I.         Undamaged;

II.       Free of pests and diseases;

III.    Clean;

IV.      Free of any soil, and non-target prescribed matter (plants or plant material) that may harbour a pest (or disease) agent;

V.        Packaged in a manner that prevents any cross-contamination during transit as per the Section 2.5 entry requirements for secure handling, storage and transport; and

VI.      Clearly labelled as specified in Section 2.6.3 of this Manual.

 

2.6.3    Labelling:

              Imported prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) and packaging holding any prescribed matter, must be clearly labelled:

I.         With the name and address of the importer;

II.       Have a description of the contents;

III.    With the name and address of the grower where applicable;

IV.      With the name and address of the packer of any plants or plant products that the package contains;

V.        With the name and address of the manufacturer and/or supplier(s) for grain, seed or other plant products that are readily identifiable;

and

VI.      Any plants or plant material, including cut flowers and seeds for sowing, must be identified by their scientific name (Genus and species); and

VII.   Meet the labelling requirements for mail order and online purchases of prescribed matter specified in Section 2.6.1 of this Manual.

 

2.6.4    Re-entry of Prescribed Matter originating from Tasmania:

              Prescribed matter (including processed plant products such as seed) that originates from Tasmania, may re-enter the State providing it meets the requirements in Section 2.6.3 of this Manual, and:

I.         Remains in its original, unopened and secure packaging; and

II.       Its proof of origin can be supplied.

 

2.7  Post-Entry Importation Inspection Requirements

 

Once all pre-entry conditions to import prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) are met as defined in Sections 2.1 - 2.6 of this Manual, the following post-entry importation requirements must also be met for inspection, further to compliance with any other Import Requirement:

 

2.7.1    It is the responsibility of the importer* (*see definition; Section 1.13 of this Manual) to first contact Biosecurity Tasmania to organise an inspection of the prescribed matter being imported into Tasmania either:

I.         Upon arrival ; or

II.       At an Approved Quarantine Premise (AQP) or other Permitted Point of Entry.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If the importer intends to arrange inspection of the imported prescribed matter at an AQP, then prior to inspection:

·                a formal booking must be made with Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Branch staff via the email contact at biosecurity.bookings@dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

·                the importer must then confirm the booking with the AQP.

·                Commercial consignments must be inspected at an AQP.

 

2.7.2    At the time of inspection, the importer who is importing the prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) into Tasmania must provide to the Inspector:

 

I.         The prescribed matter; and

 

II.       Any documentation that is required to be produced in accordance with the applicable regulatory entry conditions.

 

2.7.3    The importer must not remove any imported plants, plant products and/or prescribed matter from the Permitted Point of Entry and/or AQP into which they imported until they have complied with post importation inspection requirements of Sections 2.7.1 - 2.7.2 above.

 

2.8   Alternative Fumigation & Treatment Standards

Biosecurity Tasmania, as a general rule, accepts a range of international fumigation and treatment standards that may be required in regulation by the Commonwealth of Australia, when it treats imports of plant product into the country from overseas, and that same product is sought to be forwarded on for import into the State. Not all of these alternative treatment options are necessarily cited within this manual of Tasmanian biosecurity regulations for import of plant and plant product into the State. Examples of such standards may include:

·                Alternative heat treatment regimes of prescribed matter; and/or

·                Carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide fumigation standards for selected lines of plant product.

 

Consequently, it is important to:

·                first confirm with Biosecurity Tasmania, what alternative treatment options it may accept, further to those specified in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania; and

·                ensure that product imported under any alternative treatment accepted by Biosecurity Tasmania must have a phytosanitary certificate as evidence of the treatment;

·                ensure that any such certified (treated) plant product is handled, stored and transported in secure conditions from the time of treatment to its point of arrival in Tasmania.


2.9   Semi-processed and Processed Plant Products

Commercially prepared plant product lines have undergone a quantum expansion in both the range and extent of semi-processed and processed products being brought to retail sale. Such product lines present an equally diverse level of risk in terms of their potential to be infested with and/or carry viable quarantinable pests of biosecurity concern. Such risk is also impacted by the intended end use of the commodity, and both the nature and extent of their distribution at point of retail sale, or commercial end use.

Biosecurity Tasmania recognises International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No.32 – Categorization of Commodities According to their Pest Risk (2009). This ISPM is an important guideline to which it refers when considering biosecurity risk posed by imported commodities like semi-processed and processed plant products. Biosecurity Tasmania investigates such matters on a case-by-case basis, against four broad categories of degree of product processing and end use:


·                Category 1 – Commodities have been processed to the point where they do not remain capable of being infested with quarantine pests, thereby presenting a very low level of biosecurity risk and will not be regulated. Examples include a long list of highly processed, and/or refined, foodstuffs commonly sold;

·                Category 2 – Commodities have been processed to some degree, but may be regulated because the processing method may not completely eliminate all quarantine pests. Examples include semi-processed plant products such as commercially dried fruits and pre-washed, pre-packaged sliced fresh fruit and vegetables. Consideration is also given here to the question of end use and destination;

·                Category 3 – Commodities have not been processed (as in the nature of the material is not transformed), and the intended end use is for a purpose other than propagation, for example, consumption, display or processing. An example is ‘cut flowers’;

·                Category 4 – Commodities have not been processed and the intended end use is planting, implying that there exists a high risk of the introduction and spread of quarantine pests of biosecurity concern.

 

Note: Category 1 plant product lines may still hold the capacity to subsequently become contaminated or infested with common pests like storage pests. Food hygiene standards for such product may also come into consideration in this respect.

 

2.10 Tissue Culture

Plant tissue culture can only be imported into Tasmania in fully sealed, sterile flasks produced in commercial tissue culture facilities. Flasks or jars produced by home gardeners or private individuals are not acceptable as tissue culture imports. In addition to the above, any import of plant tissue culture must also meet Tasmania’s general and any other specific import requirements for plants and plant products. In short, the flask must be properly sealed, not damaged, clean and clearly labelled or branded so that the contents and the name and address of the supplier/grower and/or packer are readily identifiable. A NoI is required for tissue culture imports and subject to inspection on arrival.

 

Please refer to the online fact sheet held under biosecurity on DPIPWE’s homepage (see https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/ ).

 

2.11 Raw Timber, Logs and Timber Products

A person must not import any raw timber, wood, firewood, log or timber products into Tasmania except in accordance with the following conditions:

 

I.         The timber or log is bark free; and

 

II.       The timber or log is clean of leaves and leaf litter; and

 

III.    Any timber, log or timber product which can vector European House Borer (Hylotrupes bajulus (Linnaeus)) is treated in accordance with the conditions and restrictions described in Import Requirement 40.

 

2.12 Fodder

2.12.1  A person must not import any fodder into Tasmania except in accordance with the following conditions:

I.         Under a pre-approved agreement or conditional exemption granted by DPIPWE.

II.       Pelletised feed is permitted entry for livestock feed during transport to Tasmania. Feed hay, chaff or silage of a cereal or leguminous forage crop such as oats or Lucerne may be permitted in certain instances (e.g. for horses with dietary/GIT disease history).

2.12.2  Non forage or cereal crop/general paddock straw, hay, silage and chaff:

I.         will not be accepted for livestock feed or bedding during transport to Tasmania due to the weed seed entry risk they present; and

II.       should not be used for animal transit across Bass Strait from the point of embarkation in Melbourne, Victoria. If found present on arrival, such material will be destroyed at the importers expense.

2.12.3  Other specific Import Requirements, such as IR15 may also apply, depending on both the origin and nature of the product.

2.12.4  Fodder is any hay, straw, chaff or silage used for livestock feed or bedding.

 

 

2.13 Potting media

2.13.1  A person must not import potting media into Tasmania except in accordance with the following conditions:

I.         The potting media has been commercially produced; and

II.       The potting media is free of soil.

 

2.13.2  Other specific import requirements may apply to potting media such as Import Requirements 15 and 38.


 

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

See Import Requirement 39.

 

2.15 Vehicles of any Description

A person must not import a vehicle into Tasmania unless it is clean of any soil and prescribed matter, such as plants or plant products (see definition of vehicle in many of its forms, Section 1.13 – Interpretation).

 

2.16 Vessels

2.16.1   A person must not import a vessel into Tasmania except in accordance the following conditions:

 

I.         The vessel must be clean of any soil, plants, plant material or other thing that may harbour a pest or disease agent; and

 

II.       The vessel must be dry.

 

2.16.2  Upon arrival in the State a person importing a vessel must present it to an Inspector as soon as is practicable.

 

2.16.3  Clauses 2.14.1 and 2.14.2 do not apply to:

 

I.         Vessels that are sailed to the State; or

 

II.       Vessels that have not at any time been used in water.

 

2.17 Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme

Biosecurity Tasmania declares a number of import requirements that are designed to mitigate the identified risk of introduction of List A or B Regulated Quarantine Pests that may be associated with imports of a wide range of prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) into the State. Biosecurity Tasmania also recognises other certification schemes which may also offer risk mitigation equivalence for those same import risk pathways. One such stream of certification recognition is the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme, administered by the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (see https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/producers/interstate-certification-assurance/ ). The following table summarises Biosecurity Tasmania’s acceptance status for all current ICA’s. Many ICA’s are accepted by Biosecurity Tasmania as offering risk equivalence, while some are not accepted.

In addition to those ICAs cited within given Import Requirements, listed in Section 2.17 of the Manual, there is also one ICA protocol accepted by Tasmania which is not aligned to any existing Tasmanian Import Requirement (IR) equivalent:

 

·         ICA-24: Treatment and Inspection of Aquatic Plants;

 

The current status of ICAs acceptances by Biosecurity Tasmania are summarised as a cross-index by order of number in Section 2.17.1

 

2.17.1  Cross-Index of Tasmanian IRs by ICA Equivalent

 

PQMTas IR No.

PQMTas IR Title

ICA Equivalent Accepted by Tasmania

None

Not applicable

ICA-24:Treatment and Inspection of Aquatic Plants

1: Clause I(a) – MFF; & Clause I(b) & (c) - QFF

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Area Freedom

ICA-23: Certification of Area or Property Freedom Based on Monitoring by the Accrediting Authority

2: Clause I

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

ICA-04: Fumigation with Methyl Bromide (partly accepted only for the temperature fumigation regimes specified in Clause I of IR2);

Provisions of Clause III of IR2 override the provisions of ICA-04

3

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation by Cold Storage

ICA-07: Cold Treatment

4

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation of Mango and Papaya with Heat

No ICA accepted and/or available for acceptance

5

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-13: Unbroken Skin Condition of Approved Fruits

5: Clause I

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-30: Hard Condition of Avocado

5: Clause II

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-06: Certification of Hard Green Bananas;

ICA-16: Certification of Mature Green Condition of Bananas

5: Clause III*

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes* and Tomatoes

5: Clause V*

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit*, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes

5: Clause VI

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-08: Mature Green Condition and Immature Green Condition of Papaw and Babaco

5: Clause VII*

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes*, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes

5: Clause VIII*

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes*;

ICA-27: Mature Green Condition of Tomatoes

6

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Irradiation

ICA-55: Irradiation Treatment

7: Clause I

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Systems Approaches for Citrus and Strawberries

ICA-28: Pre-harvest Treatment (Bait spraying) and Inspection of Citrus

7: Clause II

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Systems Approaches for Citrus and Strawberries

ICA-34: Pre-harvest Field Control and Inspection of Strawberries

8A

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

ICA-18: Treatment and Inspection of Custard Apple and Other Annona spp.

8A

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

ICA-01 and ICA-02 cannot be used in isolation for treatment of mangoes underIR8A

8A: Clauses I & IV

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

ICA-01: Dipping with Dimethoate

8A: Clauses II, III & IV

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

ICA-02: Flood Spraying with Dimethoate

8B

REVOKED (Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Fenthion)

Not Applicable

9

Potatoes – Import Conditions

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

10

Grape Phylloxera – Hosts and Vectors

ICA-22: Transfer of Grape Must and Fresh Juice from a Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) or Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ) for Winemaking in a Phylloxera Free Zone (PEZ);

ICA-23: Certification of Area or Property Freedom Based on Monitoring by the Accrediting Authority;

ICA-33: Movement of Wine Grapes; and

ICA-37: Hot Water Treatment of Grapevines

11

Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV) – Hosts and Vectors

No ICA accepted and/or available for acceptance

12

Pea Weevil – Hosts and Vectors

No ICA accepted and/or available for acceptance

13

REVOKED (Boil Smut – Hosts)

No ICA accepted and/or available for acceptance

14

REVOKED (Hosts of Chrysanthemum White Rust (Puccinia horiana Henn.))

Not Applicable

15: Clause I

Red Imported Fire Ant - Vectors

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

15: Clause II

Red Imported Fire Ant - Vectors

ICA-40: Property Freedom of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant

16

REVOKED (Hosts of San Jose Scale (Diaspidiotus perniciosus Comstock))

Not Applicable

17

REVOKED (Hosts of Tobacco Blue Mould Fungus (Peronospora hyoscyami f.sp. tabacina (D.B. Adam) Skalicky))

Not Applicable

18

Fire Blight - Hosts

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

19

REVOKED (Hosts of Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis Pergande))

Not Applicable

20

REVOKED (Hosts of Melon Thrips (Thrips palmi Karny))

Not Applicable

21

REVOKED (Pyrethrum Seed)

Not Applicable

22

Lupin Anthracnose Disease - Hosts and Vectors

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

23

REVOKED (Hosts of Spiralling Whitefly (Aleurodicus dispersus Russell))

Not Applicable

24

REVOKED (Hosts of Ash Whitefly (Siphoninus phillyreae Haliday))

Not Applicable

25

REVOKED (Green Snail - Vector Import Controls)

Not Applicable

26

REVOKED (Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile Mayr))

Not Applicable

27

Chickpea Blight - Hosts and Vectors

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

28

Blueberry Rust - Hosts and Vectors

ICA-31: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Blueberries for Blueberry Rust

29

Plants and Plant Products, other than Potatoes, from Potato Cyst Nematode infested areas within Victoria

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

30

Grain and Grain Products Intended for Animal Feed - Import Conditions

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

31

Hosts and Vectors - Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri Gabriel et al.)

Not Applicable

32

Canola Seed and Grain – Freedom from Genetically Modified (GM) Brassicaceae Seed

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

33

Silverleaf Whitefly - Hosts

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

34

REVOKED (Hosts of Impatiens Downy Mildew (Plasmopara obducens (J. Schröt.) J. Schröt. in Cohn))

Not Applicable

35

REVOKED (Hosts of Pepper Anthracnose (Colletotrichum capsici Syd.))

Not Applicable

36

Seeds for Sowing

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

37

Plant Material and Soil for the Purpose of Laboratory Analysis or Diagnosis

Please Note: The guidelines provided in "CRC Plant Biosecurity (2010) How to send samples for diagnosis in Australia: Plant Disease and Insect Identification" (www.crcplantbiosecurity.com.au) also satisfy Clause III(a) of this Import Requirement, regarding sample packing and transport

38A

Treatment of Nursery Stock

ICA-29: Treatment of Nursery Stock and Soil-less Media

38B

Importation of Nursery Stock by Best Practice Biosecurity

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

38C

REVOKED (Importation of Nursery Stock to Approved Quarantine Place)

Not Applicable

38D

Importation of Nursery Stock by Special Approval

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

38E

Importation of Nursery Stock by a BioSecure HACCP Entry Condition Compliance Procedure (ECCP)

Please Note: BioSecure HACCP is the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia’s (NGIA) on-farm biosecurity program for production nurseries in Australia. The program validates many of the best management practice strategies employed under the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA). Biosecurity Tasmania recognises this industry administered certification standard for biosecure nursery production.

 

No ICA applies.

39

Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used)

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

40

European House Borer - Vectors

No ICA accepted or available for acceptance

41

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Splitting and Reconsigning

ICA-17: Splitting Consignments and Reconsigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce

42

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Table Grapes

ICA-20: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Table Grapes

43

Fruit Fly Host Produce - Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Stone Fruit, Pome Fruit, Persimmons and Blueberries

ICA-21: Pre-harvest Treatment and Post Harvest Inspection of Approved Host Fruit;

Blueberry fruit must also satisfy ICA-31: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Blueberries for Blueberry Rust

44

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Tomatoes, Capsicums, Chillies and Eggplants

ICA-26: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Tomatoes, Capsicums, Chillies and Eggplants; and/or

ICA-48: Pre-harvest Treatment and Post Harvest Inspection of Tomato and Capsicum in the Bowen Gumlu Region

45

Fruit Fly & Grape Phylloxera Host Produce – Repacking and Composite Lots

ICA-57: Repacking of Fruit Fly and Phylloxera Host Produce; and/or

ICA-58: Certification of Composite Lots

46: Clause III(b)(ii)(2)(a-d)

Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors

ICA-61: Pack-House Washing and Inspection of Tomato-Potato Psyllid Carrier Produce

46: Clause III(a)(ii)(1-2))

Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors

ICA-62: Treatment and Inspection of Carrier Nursery Stock for Tomato-Potato Psyllid

46: Clause III(d)(ii)(1)

Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors

ICA-64: Treatment and Inspection of Carrier Nursery Stock for Tomato-Potato Psyllid

 


Section 2.17.1 (cont.)

 

ICA No. & Title

Tas Acceptance Status

Tas IR to which it appllies

ICA-01: Dipping with Dimethoate

(NB: ICA-01 and ICA-02 cannot be used in isolation for treatment of mangoes underIR8A)

Accepted

8A: Clauses I & IV

ICA-02: Flood Spraying with Dimethoate

(NB: ICA-01 and ICA-02 cannot be used in isolation for treatment of mangoes underIR8A)

Accepted

8A (Clauses II, III & IV)

ICA-03: Low Volume Non-Recirculated Spraying with Fenthion

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-04: Fumigation with Methyl Bromide

Partly Accepted

2: Clause I

ICA-05: Vapour Heat Treatment of Mangoes Under AQIS Supervision

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-06: Certification of Hard Green Condition of Bananas

Accepted

5: Clause II

ICA-07: Cold Treatment

Accepted

3

ICA-08: Mature Green Condition and Immature Green Condition of Papaw and Babaco

Accepted

5: Clause VI

ICA-09: Certification of Pumpkin Condition for Exotic Fruit Fly

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-10: Hot Water Treatment of Mangoes

Not Accepted

4

ICA-11: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Strawberries

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-12: Certification of Watermelon Condition for Exotic Fruit Fly

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-13: Unbroken Skin Condition of Approved Fruits

Accepted

5

ICA-14: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Lychees

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-15: Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes

Accepted

5: Clauses III, V & VII

ICA-16: Certification of Mature Green Condition of Bananas

Accepted

5: Clause II

ICA-17: Splitting Consignments and Reconsigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce

Accepted

41; &

Schedule 1B - Clause III(c)

ICA-18: Treatment and Inspection of Custard Apple and Other Annona spp.

Accepted

8A

ICA-19: Treatment and Inspection of Mangoes

Not Accepted

8A

ICA-20: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Table Grapes

Accepted

42

ICA-21: Pre-harvest Treatment and Post Harvest Inspection of Approved Host Fruit

Accepted

43

ICA-22: Transfer of Grape Must and Fresh Juice from a Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) or Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ) for Winemaking in a Phylloxera Free Zone (PEZ)

Accepted

10

ICA-23: Certification of Area or Property Freedom Based on Monitoring by the Accrediting Authority

Accepted

1: Clause I(a) – MFF;

1: Clause I(b) & I(c) - QFF; &

10

ICA-24: Treatment and Inspection of Aquatic Plants

Not Applicable

No equivalent

ICA-25: Cover spraying of Nursery Stock

Not Accepted

 

ICA-26: Pre-harvest Treatment and Post-harvest Inspection of Tomatoes, Capsicums, Chillies and Eggplant

Accepted

44

ICA-27: Mature Green Condition of Tomatoes

Accepted

5: Clause VIII

ICA-28: Pre-harvest Treatment (Bait spraying) and Inspection of Citrus

Accepted

7: Clause I

ICA-29: Treatment of Nursery Stock and Soil-less Media

Accepted

38A

ICA-30: Hard Condition of Avocado

Accepted

5: Clause I

ICA-31: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Blueberries for Blueberry Rust

Accepted

28 & 43 (for blueberry fruit)

ICA-32: Movement of Apricots from South Australia to Western Australia

Not Accepted

 

ICA-33: Movement of Wine Grapes

Accepted

10

ICA-34: Pre-harvest Field Control and Inspection of Strawberries

Accepted

7: Clause II

ICA-35: Inspection and Treatment of Plants for Spiralling Whitefly

Not Applicable

23 - Revoked

ICA-36: Property Freedom of Plants for Spiralling Whitefly

Not Applicable

23 - Revoked

ICA-37: Hot Water Treatment of Grapevines

Accepted

10

ICA-38: Inspection of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Post Harvest), Live Plants, Cut Flowers & Foliage for Melon Thrips

Not Applicable

20 - Revoked

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

Accepted

15: Clause I

ICA-40: Property Freedom of Plants for Red Imported Fire Ant

Accepted

15: Clause II

ICA-41: Vapour Heat Treatment of Mangoes

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-42: Nursery Freedom, Treatment and Inspection for Myrtle Rust

Not Accepted

Section 67 Notice under PQA1997

ICA-43: Movement of Ware Potatoes from Within 20km of the Thorpdale Potato Cyst Nematode Detection

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-44: Potatoes for Processing

Not Accepted

 

ICA-45: Cover Spraying of Plants - Treatment for Olive Lace Bug

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-46: Certification of Area/Property Freedom for Green Snail (2-25 km)

Not Applicable

25 - Revoked

ICA-47: Inspection of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Freedom from Fruit Fly

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-48: Pre-harvest Treatment and Post Harvest Inspection of Tomato and Capsicum in the Bowen Gumlu Region

Accepted

44

ICA-49: Treatment and Inspection of Citrus Canker Hosts Plants

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-50: Movement of Cherries from South Australia to Western Australia

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-51: Treatment and Inspection of Loose Leaf Host Produce

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-52: Inspection and Cover Spraying Nursery Plants for Currant Lettuce Aphid

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-53: Treatment and Inspection of Whole Lettuce for Lettuce Aphid

Not Applicable (Archived ICA)

Not Applicable

ICA-54: Inspection of Used Vehicles and Associated Equipment

In Review

 

ICA-55: Irradiation Treatment

Accepted

6

ICA-56: Emergency Pre-harvest Baiting and Inspection Protocol for Pest Free Areas

Not Accepted

 

ICA-57: Repacking of Fruit Fly and Phylloxera Host Produce

Accepted

45; &

Schedule 1B - Clause III(c)

ICA-58: Certification of Composite Lots

Accepted

45; &

Schedule 1B - Clause III(c)

ICA-59: Property Freedom of Potatoes for Potato Cyst Nematode

Not Accepted

 

ICA-60: Inspection of Strawberry Fruit for Tomato-Potato Psyllid

Not Accepted

 

ICA-61: Pack-House Washing and Inspection of Tomato-Potato Psyllid Carrier Produce

Accepted

46: Clause III(b)(ii)(2)(a-d)

ICA-62: Treatment and Inspection of Carrier Nursery Stock for Tomato-Potato Psyllid

Accepted

46: Clause III(a)(ii)(1-2)

ICA-64: Post Harvest Treatment and Inspection of Cut Flowers for Tomato Potato Psyllid

Accepted

46: Clause III(d)(ii)(1)

 


2.18 Plant and Plant Product Exports

 

2.18.1   Interstate Exports

 

(a)      General

 

The produce to be exported must comply with the conditions of entry of the importing State or Territory. Tasmanian biosecurity authorities are provided with information from the other State organisations on their requirements. In general, produce must be accompanied by a valid Tasmanian Plant Health Certificate stating that the conditions of entry for that produce have been met (see forms online at: http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/quarantine forms ).

 

(b)      Inspection and Certification

 

The requirements for inspection vary depending on the nature of the produce and the requirements of the importing State or Territory. Once the produce has passed inspection a Plant Health Certificate is issued and a fee is raised.

 

 

2.18.2   Export Protocols and Certification Assurance Arrangements

 

(a)      A Tasmanian business may elect to export prescribed matter from Tasmania under an individual certification arrangement between Biosecurity Tasmania and that business, or as an accredited business under an interstate certification assurance arrangement or protocol made between the DPIPWE Tasmania and any other State or Territory.

 

(b)      To qualify for such an arrangement a business must have in place an approved, documented quality system that ensures all the requirements of the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 are met for the prescribed matter in question.

 

(c)       Businesses that are accredited under a protocol or certification assurance arrangement with Biosecurity Tasmania are able to sign their own declaration or certificate. Accredited businesses are audited at least annually by Biosecurity Tasmania. They must demonstrate compliance with all the requirements of the protocol or arrangement to maintain their accreditation.

 

2.18.3   International Exports

 

(a)      Inspections are undertaken and Tasmanian Plant Health Certificates or Certificates of Condition/Origin are issued for certain plants and plant products. This occurs where the importing country does not require phytosanitary certification by the Commonwealth Government Agency responsible for plant and plant products exports (Commonwealth Department of Agriculture) but certification has been requested by the importer or their agent.


·             *In the form provided as a downloadable PDF on-line, at the following web address: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/quarantineforms . You must fill out the correct NoI, legibly and in full, relevant to the type of plant or plant product, or prescribed matter, being proposed to be imported into Tasmania;

·                Please note, as specified on the NoI, any plants, plant material (such as leaves for scientific analysis) or seeds for sowing imported must be identified by their scientific name (Genus and species)

·                If the plant, plant product, or prescribed matter is of a type to which a specific import requirement(s) applies, the relevant import requirement may also require the production of additional documentation. See the import requirements for details under Section 2.21 of the Manual;

·                Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols ICA-17 (Splitting Consignments and Reconsigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce), ICA-57 (Repacking of Fruit Fly and Phylloxera Host Produce) or ICA-58 (Certification of Composite Lots) satisfy Clause 2.2.2.


For more information, please contact

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

Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile Mayr) (AA)
Ash Whitefly (Siphoninus phillyreae Haliday) (AW)
Avian Influenza (AI)
Bacterial Wilt (BW)
Blueberry Rust (BR) - Invasive Species
Boil Smut (BS)
Chickpea Blight (CB)
Chrysanthemum White Rust (CWR)
Citrus Canker (CC)
Declared Weeds (DW)
European House Borer (EHB)
Fire Blight (FB)
Genetically Modified Plants (GMP)
Grape Phylloxera (GP)
Green Snail (GS)
Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM)
Iris Yellow Spot Virus (IYSV)
Lupin Anthracnose (LA)
Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF)
Melon Thrips (Thrips palmi Karny) (MT)
Myrtle Rust (MR)
Onion Smut (OS)
Pea Weevil (PW)
Pepper Anthracnose (Colletotrichum capsici Syd.) (PA)
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)
Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)
Ryegrass Nematode (RN)
San Jose Scale (SJS)
Silverleaf Whitefly (SLWF)
Spiralling Whitefly (Aleurodicus dispersus Russell) (SW)
Tobacco Blue Mould (TBM)
Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP)
Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLC)
Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis Pergande) (WFT)

Import Requirement