Strengthened import conditions for Norfolk Island

These strengthened import conditions are for honey and bee products, mineral and metal ores, rocks and sand to be brought or imported into Norfolk Island.

The purpose of the amendments is to ensure import conditions for these goods continue to manage biosecurity risks to the Appropriate Level of Protection (ALOP). ALOP is a very high level of sanitary and phytosanitary protection aimed at reducing biosecurity risks to a very low level but not to zero.

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Honey and bee products

Personal consignments of honey brought or imported to the island

Personal consignments of honey (whether or not containing honeycomb) must:

  1. be for personal use
  2. be no more than 750 grams per person
  3. be commercially prepared and packaged
  4. have country-of-origin as Australia or New Zealand
  5. not be fed to bees.

Conditions b, c and d must be demonstrated via appropriate labelling.

The 750 grams per person restriction provides assurance that the goods are not being imported for commercial purposes and the risk of diversion to feed bees or be used in the environment is low.

All other honey and bee product consignments brought or imported to the island

Imported bee products, including honey (whether or not containing honeycomb) for commercial use, honeycomb, bee venom, bee’s wax, propolis and royal jelly must be:

  1. processed so that they are clean and free from other animal or plant material, soil and other contaminants
  2. either:
    1. commercially prepared and packaged for retail sale
      or
    2. are bulk goods that are intended for repackaging for retail sale
      or
    3. are a sample for use in laboratory analysis 
  3. accompanied by a manufacturer’s declaration stating that a and b have been met
  4. either:
    1. produced in a country or zone free from European foulbrood (M. plutonius) and American foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae)
      or
    2. found to be free from European foulbrood and American foulbrood by a test method described in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code
      or
    3. treated by irradiation with 15 kGray (not appropriate for human consumption)
      or
    4. pasteurised at a minimum core temperature of 60 °C for at least 8 hours
  5. accompanied by an official government veterinary certificate from the country where the goods were produced demonstrating that d has been met.

Honey in liquid form contained in an individually packaged unit with a capacity of 150 millilitres or less and powdered honey contained in an individually packaged unit with a capacity of 35 grams or less must be:

    1. processed so that they are clean and free from other animal or plant material, soil and other contaminants
    2. either:
      1. commercially prepared and packaged for retail sale
        or
      2. are a sample for use in laboratory analysis
    3. accompanied by a manufacturer’s declaration stating that a and b have been met.

Honey that is an ingredient in food for human consumption or cosmetics for use on humans, where honey is not the largest single ingredient, is an exception to the above conditions.

For all other bee products, an import permit from the Department of Agriculture is required.

Mineral and metal ores, rocks and sand

Mineral and metal ores, rocks and sand must not be brought or imported into Norfolk Island unless the goods are covered by an import permit from the Department of Agriculture.

The Department of Agriculture will only grant import permits if the importer can prove that they can reduce the biosecurity risk of importation to within the ALOP.

To apply for an import permit visit Application for permit: External territories.

Consultation

The Department of Agriculture has prepared the amendments relating to honey taking into account feedback and communication with clients, stakeholders and industry. The feedback received was supportive of strengthened conditions and the related changes .

The amendments relating to mineral and metal ores, rocks and sand directly address concerns raised by the Norfolk Island community.