Uncooked prawn consignments

​​​Consignments imported under the enhanced import conditions

  • Enhanced import conditions are facilitating the safe trade in uncooked prawns while Australia undertakes a review of Australia’s import conditions for prawns and prawn products. This includes seals intact inspection and testing of all consignments of uncooked peeled prawns (this includes unprocessed raw prawns, marinated prawns, and Australian prawns processed overseas).
  • If a consignment returns a positive test result, it is not released from biosecurity control. Importers have the option to request a retest through the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, re-export, treat (i.e. cook) or destroy the consignment.
  • The department has written to the competent authorities of the countries of export, advising them of the positive test results and requesting they investigate the circumstances resulting in WSSV positive prawns being sent to Australia.
  • The enhanced import conditions will remain in place until the department's review of the biosecurity risks of, and import conditions for, prawns and prawn products for human consumption is finalised.

Summary of total uncooked prawn consignments - 2018

DateSummary
​​23 March 2018​382 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 359 consignments have tested negative for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). 17 consignments are currently held under biosecurity control pending WSSV and YHV test results.
Six consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
23 February 2018345 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 309 consignments have tested negative for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). 32 consignments are currently held under biosecurity control pending WSSV and YHV test results.
Four consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
9 February 2018308 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 275 consignments have tested negative for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). 30 consignments are currently held under biosecurity control pending WSSV and YHV test results.
Three consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
25 January 2018282 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 237 consignments have tested negative for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). 42 consignments are currently held under biosecurity control pending WSSV and YHV test results.
Three consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced. ​
12 January 2018250 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 207 consignments have tested negative for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV). 40 consignments are currently held under biosecurity control pending WSSV and YHV test results.
Three consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.