21 September 2018
Who does this notice affect?
Industry stakeholders including importers, approved arrangements, freight forwarders and brokers that deal with imported cut flowers and foliage.
What has changed?
In the weekend following Grand Final Eve (28 September 2018), 28-30th September 2018, consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage found to be infested with insect pests can have the option to be directed for onshore fumigation and released prior to pest identification by an entomologist. This arrangement is applicable on the following days and in the following regions only:
28-30th September 2018 (Victoria). This arrangement includes consignments inspected on Thursday afternoon where samples cannot be identified before close of business (i.e. samples delivered to the laboratory after 3:30 pm).
The following consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage are excluded from the above arrangements, and must not be directed for fumigation prior to pest identification by an entomologist:
- Any consignments with snails or slugs
- Any consignments with fly pupae and/or larvae associated with leaves with mining symptoms
Enquiries regarding the Clearance of Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage consignments on the upcoming public holidays can be directed by email to Plant Import Operations. Please include “Clearance of Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage consignments on public holidays” in the subject line or call on 1800 900 090.