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Khapra Beetle Update – December 2020

What is Khapra Beetle?

Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium) 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. It feeds directly on goods such as stored grain and dry food stuffs, which can result in significant damage. Infested goods may become contaminated with beetles and cast larval skins and hairs, which can be a health risk and are difficult to remove from grain storage structures and transport vessels.

Target Risk Countries

From 16 December 2020, the list of Khapra Beetle target risk countries will be updated and the current list of 83 Khapra Beetle target risk countries will be REDUCED to 40

The 40 remaining Khapra Beetle target risk countries being:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.

Please be aware that the change from 83 to 40 includes the ADDITION of 3 NEW Khapra Beetle target risk countries being:  Albania, Greece, and Nepal

Leaving 46 countries that WILL BE REMOVED as of 16 December 2020 being:  

Angola, Bahrain, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, (Republic of), Korea, (the Democratic People’s Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Laos (People’s Democratic Republic), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania (United Republic of), Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Certification requirements

FCL consignments of seeds, grains and dried plant products imported from a:

• Khapra Beetle target risk country must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with the following additional declaration: “The plant product(s) were inspected and found free from Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium)”.

• Country not listed as a Khapra Beetle target risk country must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.

Further phased measures will be introduced in the coming months and will be the subject of another broadcast.  Should you have any questions relating to these actions please contact us.

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