21 April 2022
Who does this notice affect?
Importers of other-risk plant products, seeds for sowing and other stakeholders in the import and shipping industries – including vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, principal shipping agents, and any other operators in the sea container supply and logistics chain.
What has changed?
Phases 4 and 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions commence on 28 April 2022.
Phase 5 applies to seeds for sowing imported via all modes for arrival.
Other-risk plant products and seeds for sowing exported from any country on or after 28 April 2022 must be
- inspected offshore by a government official of the exporting country; AND
- certified as being free from any listed species of Trogoderma (whether live, dead or exuviae) in Australia’s list of Trogoderma species of biosecurity concern.
Note: Importers may elect to fumigate other-risk plant products when they are being imported with high-risk plant products from a khapra beetle target risk country. To assist in streamlining treatment and certification requirements, the department will also publish import conditions for the voluntary methyl bromide fumigation of some other-risk plant products.
A full list of import conditions will be available on BICON on 28 April 2022.
Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the export or destruction of the goods on-arrival in Australia.
Exclusions apply, visit our webpage for more detail on the khapra beetle urgent actions.
For further information, see:
- list of other-risk plant products (including mode of arrival and end use)
- urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium)
- sea container measures to protect against khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium)
- khapra beetle bulletin.
For questions and information related directly to offshore khapra beetle treatments, please email email@example.com
All other enquiries regarding these measures, please phone 1800 900 090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant Tier 2 – khapra urgent actions’).