Requirements for other-risk plant products to protect against khapra beetle

This webpage details the requirements for other-risk plant products that will be introduced under Phase 4 of the khapra beetle urgent actions.

Implementation of this phase is currently on hold and the commencement date is therefore TBC. Stakeholders will be advised when planning for this phase re-commences.

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Definition of other risk plant products

The following products (in various raw and physically processed forms) are other risk plant products:

  • seeds (all species, excluding those listed as high-risk plant products)
  • spices (all species, excluding those listed in high-risk plant products)
  • plant gums and resins (except those chemically extracted or highly processed)
  • processed seed, tuber and corm products such as flours, meals, flakes (all species, excluding those listed in high-risk plant products).
  • dried fruits
  • nuts (all species, excluding those listed in high-risk plant products)
  • dried vegetables (including mushrooms)
  • unprocessed plant products (excluding fresh fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, herbarium specimens, fresh cut flowers, coir peat, peat and timber)

Note: The following items are excluded from these requirements:

  • commercially prepared and packaged goods that have been thermally processed so that the nature of the material has been transformed from their original raw form, such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, par-boiled, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised
  • goods that are commercially processed to a powder, meal or flakes and packaged in bags less than or equal to 25kgs (such as cereal flours like semolina, wheat flour, chilli flakes and ground spices)
  • breakfast cereals, instant cereal beverage mixes, couscous meal mixes and snack foods (such as muesli bars, granola bars and wholefood bars/balls, trail mixes) that are commercially prepared and retail packaged*
  • bakery and bread mixes (including whole seeds) that are commercially prepared and retail packaged*
  • commercially prepared and packaged herbal teas, with or without seeds (including loose leaf and teabags)
  • goods that are chemically processed and preserved such as with a Formalin Propionic Acid fixative, Formalin Acetic acid alcohol, Carnoy’s fixative or ethanol
  • fresh vegetables
  • commercially prepared, shelled nuts packaged under strong vacuum
  • commercially manufactured frozen or freeze-dried food (perishable foodstuffs only)
  • frozen plant samples for plant research (including through the use of liquid nitrogen and freeze drying)
  • oils derived from vegetables or seed
  • preserved or pickled (such as in vinegar or alcohol)
  • goods that have been refined or extracted to obtain specific components from plant-based raw materials. Examples include refined gum, starch, gluten, lecithin, protein, cellulose, sugars and pigments

The above exclusions may be determined through evidence provided on a product label or commercial documentation, including commercial invoice or manufacturer’s declaration.

*An imported good is considered retail packaged if it has been commercially prepared and packaged overseas and is in a final state that requires no further processing, packaging or labelling prior to sale or use in Australia.

Phase 4: New requirements for other risk plant products

In the future (implementation dates are to be confirmed), new import conditions for other risk plant products will commence. These conditions will apply to products exported from all countries. The conditions are summarised in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Summary of Phase 4 requirements

Country of export Product requirements Treatment certificate required (Y/N)? Phytosanitary certificate required
(Y/N)?
All countries No Yes

Notes:

  • We will consider transitional arrangements to accommodate consignments in transit closer to the implementation. 
  • If the products will be packed into an FCL/FCX sea container in a khapra beetle target risk country and will unpacked in a regional grain growing area of Australia, the sea container itself will also need to be treated. See further details on the sea container webpage.

Phytosanitary certification requirements

As outlined in Table 1 above, all other-risk plant products will be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that includes the following additional declaration:

“Representative samples were inspected and found free from evidence of any species of Trogoderma (whether live, dead or exuviae) in Australia’s list of Trogoderma species of biosecurity concern”.

Last reviewed: 19 August 2021
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