Urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle

We are regularly updating this webpage to answer your queries. We will provide further updates on the implementation of each phase as we work through the complexities of the urgent actions.

Image of khapra beetle compared to a 5 cent pieceKhapra beetle (Trogoderma granurium) is a small but serious pest, and we want to keep it out of Australia. As such, we are implementing urgent actions that will impact imports of plant products and sea containers. The urgent actions are being supported by a $14.5 million investment to safeguard Australia against this significant pest.

Urgent actions

The urgent actions are being implemented in phases. Click on the links below for further detail on each phase.

Implementation dates for the urgent actions

The implementation dates for each phase are outlined in the below table and infographic. Please note that the numbering of these phases does not match the order of implementation due to changes in risk patterns of khapra beetle.

Urgent Action Phase Implementation date
Phase 1: Ban on high-risk plant products within UPEs and low value freight  Commenced 3 September 2020 
Phase 2: Ban on high-risk plant products within accompanied baggage or via international travellers or mail articles.  Commenced 15 October 2020 
Phase 3: Revised phytosanitary certification and new offshore treatment requirements for high-risk plant products via all commercial pathways  Expected to commence in September 2021 
Phase 4: Revised phytosanitary certification and new offshore treatment requirements for other risk plant products  Progression of this work has been put on hold 
Phase 5: Phytosanitary certification requirements for all seeds for sowing  Progression of this work has been put on hold 
Phase 6A: New measures for target risk sea containers  Measures for target risk containers packed with high-risk plant products commenced on 12 April 2021.
 
Measures for target risk containers that are packed with other products & will be unpacked in a rural grain growing area commenced on 12 July 2021. 
Phase 6B: New measures for high-risk sea containers  Expected to commence in late 2021 

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Risk of khapra beetle

Khapra beetle is Australia’s number two National Priority Plant Pest and the number one plant priority pest for grains. It is not present in Australia, but it is a highly invasive pest that poses a major threat to Australia’s grains industry. Khapra beetle destroys grain quality making it unfit for human or animal consumption. 

A number of countries, including Australia, have seen a recent increase in khapra interceptions. It is being detected in:  

  • imported plant products 
  • goods that it previously had no association with 
  • sea containers as a hitchhiker pest
  • imports from countries not known to have khapra beetle.  

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The below video gives an overview of the risks khapra beetle poses to Australia and how to identify this significant pest.

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Trogoderma species of concern

Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is one of the world’s most serious pests of stored grains and other food substances. The genus Trogoderma currently has more than 150 known species with varied world distribution. The following Trogoderma species including khapra beetle have been identified as pests of biosecurity concern for Australia.  

Scientific name 
Trogoderma angustum
Trogoderma anthrenoides
Trogoderma cavum
Trogoderma granarium
Trogoderma grassmani
Trogoderma inclusum
Trogoderma longisetosum
Trogoderma ornatum
Trogoderma simplex
Trogoderma sinistrum
Trogoderma sternale
Trogoderma versicolor
Last reviewed: 30 July 2021
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