2015-67 - Grain and Seed Exports Program - Updates to the inspection of forest products work instruction

17 December 2015


To advise industry and Authorised Officers of updates to the Inspection of Forest Products Work Instruction (FOP3001, 3002 and 3003).


Following industry’s request, the department has been working to enable Authorised Officers to conduct phytosanitary inspections of fumigated logs at wharf at night. Pilot trials have indicated that with suitable lighting and placement of logs, phytosanitary inspections can be successfully and safely conducted at night time. The work instruction has been revised to reflect these changes.

Summary of changes and key points

The Inspection of forest products work instruction version 3.1 will come into effect from 11 January 2016.

The inspection of logs at the wharf may only be undertaken once the Authorised Officer has ensured the following requirements have been met:

  • A designated inspection area zone is clearly marked.
  • There is adequate lighting of the designated inspection area zone.
  • If artificial lighting is used and it attracts live insects that could infest the presented logs, the exporter must arrange for the inspection to take place during the day or when the insects are not present.
  • Individual sampled logs are laid out in a safe manner.

While the update is to allow for night time inspections the requirements will apply for all wharf inspections of logs, including day time.

Exporter’s Responsibilities

  • Exporters and occupiers of registered establishments which export forest products should familiarise themselves with the updates to the Inspection of Forest Products work instruction (FOP3001, 3002 and 3003).

Authorised Officer Responsibilities

  • Authorised Officers are to ensure they are familiar and comply with the updates to the Inspection of Forest Products work instruction (FOP3001, 3002 and 3003).

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email: grain.export@agriculture.gov.au or phone (02) 6272 3229.


Dr Chris Parker
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch


Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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