2017-11 - Grain and Seed Exports Program – Processed plant products being detained in India

6 April 2017


The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise exporters that the Indian National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) is detaining some consignments of processed plant products on arrival.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Exporters are advised that some Australian consignments of processed plant products are being detained on arrival in India.
  • The types of products currently known to be affected include oat groats, oat flakes, rolled oats, kiln dried oats and hulled oats, though there may be additional products that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is not yet aware of.
  • The department is working with India’s quarantine officials and the NPPO to have the detained consignments cleared and released as soon as possible.
  • A note has been added to each MICoR case where the department is aware of changed import conditions, and exporters are advised to consider alternative markets for these products.


Australia has been exporting processed plant products to India for many years without incident. India has only recently detained consignments of processed plant products at the border where they are not listed on India’s Plant Quarantine Order 2003.

Exporter responsibilities

To avoid delays for future consignments, Australian exporters are strongly encouraged to:

  • check with their importers on the accurate import conditions under which these products can be exported to India, as the MICoR listing may differ.
  • email details of any processed plant product consignments being detained by Indian quarantine officials to the Grain and Seed Exports Program at Grain Export

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email: Grain Export or phone 02 6272 3229.


Dr Chris Parker
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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