172-2020 - Commencement of planned urgent actions for khapra beetle: Phase 2

6 October 2020

Who does this notice affect?

International travellers, international vessel masters and their agents, and Australian importers and overseas exporters of high-risk plant products sent via international mail (including items posted using Express Mail Service).

What has changed?

Following IAN 153-2020 issued on 17 September 2020, the purpose of this notification is to advise stakeholders that the department will commence Phase 2 of the urgent actions on 15 October 2020 to address the risk of khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) on high-risk plant products that are hosts of this pest.

From 15 October 2020, the following list of high-risk plant products (in various raw and processed forms for any end use) will not be permitted entry from any country into Australia via the international traveller and mail pathways (including items posted using Express Mail Service):

  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)
  • Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita spp.; Cucumis spp.; Citrullus spp.)
  • Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)
  • Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)
  • Soybean (Glycine max)
  • Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)
  • Lentils (Lens culinaris)
  • Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Celery seed (Apium graveolens)
  • Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)
  • Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)
  • Faba bean (Vicia faba)
  • Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)
  • Pea seed (Pisum sativum)
  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp.)

Exclusions apply see awe.gov.au/khapra-urgent-actions

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in destruction of the goods upon arrival in Australia.

What about mail articles in-transit or not yet released?

As notified in IAN 153-2020, high-risk plant products within a mail article that have not been released by the department prior to 15 October 2020 will not be permitted entry into Australia. High-risk plant products found within a mail article from 15 October 2020 will be destroyed.

How will import permits be affected?

The department is varying any existing permits, where required. Affected import permit holders are being contacted by the department to discuss this prior to the variation.

Why are these changes needed?

The actions are considered necessary because:

  • The global spread of khapra beetle is increasing and it is being detected on a wide range of plant products and as a hitchhiker pest on containers, from places where khapra is not known to occur.
  • Khapra beetle is a significant threat to Australian plant industries, including the grain export industry. Khapra beetle destroys grain quality making it unfit for human or animal consumption. Stored products also become contaminated with beetles, cast skins and hairs from larvae, which can be a human health risk.
  • If khapra beetle enters Australia it would have significant economic consequences. An outbreak could cost Australia $15.5 billion over 20 years through revenue losses arising from damaged grain in storage and exports.

Australia currently has biosecurity requirements for many products that could be infested with khapra beetle. However, the department believes that the biosecurity requirements need to be expanded and strengthened to prevent a khapra beetle incursion.

Further information

For further information, see the:

Enquiries can be directed to 1800 900 090 or via email at imports@agriculture.gov.au (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant Tier 2 – khapra urgent actions’).

Last reviewed: 6 October 2020
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