54-2019 - Fresh citrus fruit from the United States (US) – Biosecurity outcomes for consignments containing split or damaged fruit

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers (and their customs brokers) of fresh citrus from the US.

Date of effect

12 April 2019.


This notice is an update on Notice 52-2019.

Due to a detection of spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) in fresh oranges imported into New Zealand from the US, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will not release consignments from biosecurity control where split or damaged citrus fruit from the US are detected at on-arrival inspection.

The final pest risk analysis (PRA) report for D. suzukii indicates fallen citrus fruit is a pathway for D. suzukii, however risk mitigation measures for D. suzukii were not recommended as only commercial quality fruit is within the scope of the PRA. As split or damaged citrus fruit is outside the scope of the PRA, consignments where split or damaged fruit are detected at inspection are not permitted entry under the current import conditions established for commercial quality fruit.

Where split or damaged fruit are detected at on-arrival inspection, the department will assess biosecurity risks. Outcomes of this assessment may include securing the consignment and offering the importer (and their custom broker) options of disposal or re-export.

This policy is to mitigate potential risks associated with D. suzukii.

BICON conditions for commercial grade citrus fruit from the US have not changed.

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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