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

Permitted Points of Entry

A person must not import or cause to be imported into Tasmania any plants or plant products except:


2.1.1    At one of the following seaports:


Lady Barron



Port Huon

St Helens

Spring Bay





Port Latta

Bell Bay


Inspection Head










2.1.2    At one of the following airports:


Hobart Airport

Whitemark Airport

Cambridge Airport

Devonport Airport

Launceston Airport

Wynyard Airport

St Helens Aerodrome

Smithton Airport

Bridport Aerodrome

King Island Aerodrome

Provision of Notification, Certification and Clearance Notices with Imported Plants, Plant Products and/or Prescribed Matter

A person or importer must not import, or cause to be imported, into Tasmania any plants or plant products, or prescribed matter, unless:


2.2.1    The person provides, not less than 24 hours prior to the importation, the relevant biosecurity Notice of Intention* (NoI) to a Biosecurity Tasmania inspector, by means of fax, email, or in person at a Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre, as listed on the form for the relevant permitted point of entry in Tasmania;




2.2.2    The person or importer provides all relevant imported goods certification and clearance notices that clearly demonstrate that the prescribed matter, plants and/or plant products listed on the documentation match the certification documentations accompanying each consignment of imported goods.

Post Importation Inspection

2.3.1       Any person who has imported plants or plant product into Tasmania must provide the following to an Inspector immediately upon arrival:


I.         The plants or plant product; AND

II.       Any documentation that is required to be produced in accordance with an applicable Import Requirement (Restriction);




2.3.2       A copy of the Notice of Intention (NoI) to Import referred to in Section 2.2.


2.3.3       A person must not remove any imported Plants or Plant Products from the Permitted Point of Entry into which they imported until they have complied with Section 2.3.1 above.

·             *In the form provided as a downloadable PDF on-line, at the following web address: . 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.

·            “plant” means any organism other than an organism within the animal kingdom.

·            “plant product” includes: the whole or part of any flower, fruit, nut, seed, leaf, bulb, corm, tuber or stem that has been separated from a plant; and any dried plant material and timber that has been sawn or dressed.

·            “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.

For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

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