IMPORT REQUIREMENT 1

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

1 Fruit Fly Host Produce – Area Freedom

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A except in accordance with the following:

 

I.         The fruit was grown in an area of the Australian mainland maintained as fruit fly free1; and

 

(a)      The fruit was grown more than 7.5km from the discovery point or epicentre of any outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly; or

 

(b)      The fruit was grown more than 15km from the discovery point or epicentre of any Queensland fruit fly outbreak.

 

AND

 

II.       If the fruit meets Clause I, but does not meet I(a) or I(b), it must have been harvested not less than one generation2 and twenty-eight days, or 12 weeks, whichever is the longer, after the last wild fly was detected in traps or in fruit in the outbreak area.

 

 

Explanatory notes:

         1 Denotes any area on the Australian mainland managed in accord with “Australia’s National Fruit Fly Management Protocols”;

         2 Generation time is as calculated under Australia’s National Fruit Fly Management Protocols;

         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host fruit handling, storage and transport;

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-23 (Certification of Area or Property Freedom Based on Monitoring by the Accrediting Authority), with an endorsement that produce was grown on a property at least 7.5km from a known outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly, satisfy IR1, Clause I(a);

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-23 (Certification of Area or Property Freedom Based on Monitoring by the Accrediting Authority), with an endorsement that produce was grown on a property at least 15km from a known outbreak of Queensland Fruit Fly, satisfy IR1, Clause I(b).

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

 

 

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 2

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

2 Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A unless:

 

I.         It has been fumigated with methyl bromide for two hours at one of the following rates for:

 

(a)             Queensland fruit fly;

 

Methyl Bromide (g/m3)

Fruit Core Temperature (C)

32

21+

40

17 - 20.9

 

or

 

(b)             Mediterranean fruit fly;

 

Methyl Bromide (g/m3)

Fruit Core Temperature (C)

32

21+

40

16 - 20.9

48

11-15.9

56

10-10.9

 

and

 

II. Fumigant loading rates for fruits and vegetables are not less than 30%, nor more than 50%, of the volume of the chamber when empty;

 

and

 

III. The fumigator ensures produce packaged or covered with impervious materials (such as plastic bags, stacked plastic punnets or waxed paper), are opened, cut or removed to allow adequate penetration of the gas unless impervious materials contain:

(a) not less than four unobstructed perforations of 6mm diameter per 100cm2; or

(b) five unobstructed perforations of 5mm diameter per 100cm2; or

(c) numerous pinholes (at least 6 holes per square centimetre).

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES:

         This Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly;

         All methyl bromide fumigation must be carried out by a licensed fumigator in an approved chamber;

         Treated fruit may be allowed to ventilate adequately for the minimum practical period (as per label use requirements) after fumigation prior to securing as per Schedule 1B;

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-04 (Fumigating with Methyl Bromide) satisfy this Import Requirement, only for the temperature fumigation regimes specified in Clause I of this Import Requirement.

         The provisions of Clause III of IR2 for appropriate pervious packaging override the provisions of ICA-04 for adequate penetration of fumigant through consignments.

         The provisions of Schedule 1B for secure handling, storage and transport override the provisions in ICA-04 (eg Section 7.1 of Victorian ICA-04) for post treatment security for Tasmania.

         Alternative fumigant treatment options may also exist, as referred in Section 2.7 of the Manual.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

 

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 3

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

3 Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation by Cold Storage

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A unless it has been cold treated according to the following:

 

 

Fruit core temperature at treatment start

 

Treatment duration (days)

 

Queensland Fruit Fly

0C 0.5 C

14

1.0C 0.5 C

16 (lemons 14)

2.0C 0.5 C

16 (lemons 14)

3.0C 0.5 C

16 (lemons 14)

 

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

0C 0.5 C

14

1C 0.5 C

16 (lemons 14)

2C 0.5 C

18 (lemons 16)

3C 0.5 C

20 (lemons 18)

 

 

 

Explanatory noteS:

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-07 (Cold Treatment) satisfy this Import Requirement;

         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

 

 

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 5

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

5 Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed below unless it has unbroken skin and complies with the following:

I.         Avocado (selected varieties):

(a)      Fruit of Hass, Sharwill, Fuerte and Reed cultivars must have been harvested in a hard condition (Mediterranean fruit fly only); or

(b)      Fruit of Hass and Lamb Haas cultivars must have been harvested in a hard condition (Queensland fruit fly only).

Hard means not soft or softening, or having any isolated soft areas or broken skin on any part of the fruit;

II.       Banana (all varieties) - must be mature and green on arrival, or mature and green immediately before being artificially ripened in a properly constructed and operated ripening chamber, immediately before shipment to Tasmania. Mature means the flesh is hard and not flexible. Green means the skin is green and shows no yellow colouration except for areas towards the flower end provided the flesh beneath is still hard;

III.    Black Sapote – must be green with skin free of black colouring;

IV.      Durians, Jackfruit, Longans, Lychees, Mangosteens, Rambutans, Jaboticaba and Pomegranate – must be firm fleshed;

V.        Passionfruit (purple types only) – must be unwrinkled;

VI.      Papayas (non-defective flowering type only) and Babaco – must be hard and green. Hard means fruit is not soft or softening on any part. Green means the skin is green and shows no more than 25% of its ripening colour over its whole surface;

VII.   Tahitian limes – must be mature and green. Mature means the flesh is hard. Green means the skin is green and shows no yellow colouration;

VIII. Tomatoes – must be mature and green. Mature and green means fruit has no more than a two centimetre diameter area of pink to red colour at the stylar end at the time of sorting after harvest

 

 

Explanatory notes:

         Unbroken skin means the skin has no pre-harvest cracks, punctures, pulled stem or other breaks that penetrate to the flesh, including breaks that have healed with callus tissue;

         Clause I of this Import Requirement applies in respect of Mediterranean fruit fly only;

         Clause II of this Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly;

         Clauses III - VIII of this Import Requirement apply in respect of Queensland fruit fly only;

         Consignments of any of the above fruit that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols ICA 06 (Certification of Hard Green Bananas), ICA 08 (Mature Green Condition and Immature Green Condition of Papaw and Babaco), ICA 13 (Unbroken Skin Condition of Approved Fruits), ICA 15 (Mature Green Condition of Passionfruit, Tahitian Limes, Black Sapotes and Tomatoes), ICA 16 (Certification of Mature Green Condition of Bananas), ICA-27 (Mature Green Condition of Tomatoes) and ICA 30 (Hard Condition of Avocados) , satisfy this Import Requirement for each relevant Clause; e.g. ICA 30 satisfies Clause I;

         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 6

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

6 Fruit Fly Host Produce – Irradiation

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A unless it has been:

 

I.         approved for irradiation by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand; and

 

II.       irradiated by a business approved to do so to a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy.

 

 

Explanatory notes:

         This Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly;

         A business approved to irradiate fruit fly host produce is any business accredited under Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-55 (Irradiation Treatment). Consignments that meet ICA-55 satisfy this Import Requirement;

         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

 

 

 

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 8A

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

8A Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post-harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

 

Suspension of Dimethoate

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has suspended certain use patterns for dimethoate. Post harvest treatment of some host fruits previously eligible for treatment is no longer permitted. Check the APVMA website at www.apvma.gov.au for further details.

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit unless it has been treated according to one of the following methods:

 

I.         full immersion in a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate for at least 60 seconds after harvest. Carambola, longan, lychee, passionfruit, star apple and rambutan may be dipped for 10 seconds but must remain wet for a further 60 seconds; or

 

II.       after harvest flood spraying in a single layer with a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate at a rate of 16 L per minute per square metre of the area being flood-sprayed, for at least 10 seconds, with fruit remaining wet with the mixture for not less than 60 seconds; or

 

III.    after harvest flood spraying in a single layer with a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate at a rate of 32 L per minute per square metre of the area being flood-sprayed, for at least 12 seconds, with fruit remaining wet with the mixture for not less than 60 seconds; or

 

IV.      Treatment according to Clause I, II or III must be the final treatment before packing except in the case of citrus which may:

(a)      have a non-recovery gloss coating (wax) applied not less than 60 seconds after treatment; or

(b)      be washed, treated with a fungicide and/or a gloss coating applied not less than 24 hours after treatment with dimethoate;

or

 

V.        All cultivars of mangoes must be:

(a)      class one quality fruit; and

(b)      harvested in hard mature condition; and

(c)       subject to either an approved pre-harvest or approved post-harvest treatment; and

(d)      inspected to verify hard mature condition, class one quality and freedom from fruit fly.

 

 

Explanatory notes:

         This Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly only;

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-01 (Dipping with Dimethoate) satisfy Clauses I and IV of this Import Requirement;

         Consignments that meet ICA-02 (Flood Spraying with Dimethoate) satisfy Clauses II, III and IV of this Import Requirement;

         Consignments that meet ICA-18 (Treatment and Inspection of Custard Apple and Other Annona spp.) satisfy this Import Requirement;

         Consignments that meet ICA-19 (Treatment and Inspection of Mangoes) no longer satisfy this Import Requirement;

         Hard mature condition means that the mango is unripe or has a ripeness stage of 0 and is hard with no give when held in hand and firm pressures is applied with the ball of the thumb;

         Mangoes that meet CTM-01 (Condition and Treatment of Mangoes) satisfy Clause V of this Import Requirement;

         ICA-01 (Dipping with Dimethoate) and ICA-02 (Flood Spraying with Dimethoate) are approved post-harvest treatments for mangoes when applied as part of compliance with CTM-01 (Condition and Treatment of Mangoes) under Clause V of this Import Requirement;

         ICA-01 and ICA-02 cannot be used in isolation for treatment of mangoes under this Import Requirement;

         Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 25

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

25       REVOKED (Green Snail - Vector Import Controls)

 

NOTE: THIS IMPORT REQUIREMENT IS REVOKED FROM 19th November 2018, AS DECLARED BY PUBLIC NOTICE ON 14th NOVEMBER 2018, BECAUSE GREEN SNAIL IS REVOKED AS A LIST A PEST OF BIOSECURITY CONCERN TO TASMANIA ON 14th NOVEMBER 2018

 

GREEN SNAIL HAS BEEN RE-CATEGORISED AS AN ‘UNWANTED QUARANTINE PEST (UQP)’, AS DETAILED IN APPENDIX 1.2. REGULATORY ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST THE PEST IF INTERCEPTED IN IMPORTED PLANTS OR PLANT PRODUCTS AT THE TASMANIAN BIOSECURITY BORDER.

IMPORT REQUIREMENT 41

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

 

41 Fruit Fly Host Produce – Splitting and Reconsigning

 

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A except in accordance with the following:

 

I.         Received, prior to splitting and reconsigning (see Explanatory Notes):

(a)      with certification which states the host produce has been grown and packed in an area free from fruit fly; or

(b)      with certification which states the host produce has been treated in accordance with a treatment method accepted by Tasmania.

 

AND

 

II.       handled in a documented procedure that maintains traceability and reconciliation;

 

AND

 

III.    Consigned with amended and certified copies of original certificates detailing new reconsignee and number of packages.

 

 

Explanatory notes:

         Splitting a consignment means sending sub-consignments to different consignees or transporting the sub-consignments to the same consignee on different vehicles;

         Reconsigning means forwarding a whole consignment or sub-consignments to another person or business, including secondary wholesalers, after initial consignment;

         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-17 (Splitting Consignments and Reconsigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce) satisfy this Import Requirement;

         Consignments must also satisfy the requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.

 

 

PROOF: Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate

 

 

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