Planned Urgent Actions for Khapra Beetle

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Following on from our announcement of 21st August 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has announced commencement of Phase 2 of the urgent actions, planned for mid-October 2020, to address the risk of khapra beetle on high-risk plant products that are known hosts of the pest.

The exact date of implementation will be announced in due course by the Department and will be advised here when known.

At implementation, the following list of high-risk plant products, in various raw and processed forms and for any end use, will not be permitted entry from any country into Australia within mail articles or in baggage carried by international travellers (accompanied baggage):

  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)
  • Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita spp; Cucumis spp. and 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.).

Some exclusions apply, these are as follows:

Exclusions apply to goods that are thermally processed and commercially manufactured and packaged, such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised goods, fresh vegetables and commercially manufactured frozen food and frozen plant products or oils derived from vegetables or seed.

Phase 1 of the actions was implemented in August which involved banning the same plant products from entering Australia as unaccompanied personal effects and within low value air and sea freight consignments lodged as a self-assessed clearance (SAC).

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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