This webpage details the requirements for seeds for sowing under Phase 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions.
In early 2022 (specific date TBD), import conditions for seeds for sowing exported via all countries and arriving via all arrival modes will change. The full list of import conditions will be updated on BICON closer to implementation. Stay up to date on the implementation of these conditions by subscribing to receive Industry Advice Notices and BICON alerts.
These conditions will apply to:
- unaccompanied personal effects, baggage carried by international travellers (including crew) entering via sea or air (excluding high risk species that are banned as part of Phases 1 and 2)
- high value and low value air freight and sea freight (excluding high risk species imported for personal use as low value freight that are banned under Phase 1)
From early 2022, all imported seeds for sowing from all countries via all arrival modes 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."
- Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the export or destruction of the goods and/or the container on-arrival in Australia.
- 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 rural grain growing area of Australia, the sea container itself will need to be treated. See further details on the sea container webpage.
Goods excluded under Phase 5
The Phase 5 requirements do not apply to goods that are imported for research purposes coming as low value freight (less than $1000). To demonstrate the products meet the criteria for this exclusion, importers must provide:
- a statement that the consignment is intended for research purposes
- the name of the facility where the research will be undertaken in Australia