113-2019 - Mandatory pre-shipment methyl bromide fumigation for fresh asparagus imported from Mexico and Peru

11 July 2019

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers (and their customs brokers) of fresh asparagus from Mexico and Peru.

What has changed?

The Department of Agriculture will require mandatory pre-shipment methyl bromide fumigation for fresh asparagus from Mexico and Peru.

This requirement commences from 15 August 2019. Phytosanitary certificates for fresh asparagus from Mexico and Peru, certified from 15 August 2019, will require evidence that they have been fumigated at one of the following schedules:

TemperatureMinimum initial doseExposure period
21°C or above32 g/m³2 hours
16°C to 20.9 °C40 g/m³2 hours
11°C to 15.9 °C48 g/m³2 hours
10°C to 10.9 °C56 g/m³2 hours

Note: Fumigation is not permitted if the ambient minimum temperature falls below 10 °C.

Further information

For additional information you can email Plant Import Operations Branch at Imports or phone 1800 900 090.


Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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