The Department of Agriculture is implementing urgent actions to address the risk khapra beetle on a range of plant products that are host of the pest, and as a hitchhiking pest in sea containers.
Khapra Beetle poses a significant risk to Australia's plant product & grain industries with the ability to survive in sea containers for years at a time due to their small size and ability to inhabit in crevices in containers. When conditions are favorable beetle populations can quickly increase in size and can contaminate any goods held within the container
The actions that will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture will be rolled out in phases beginning from 12th April 2021.
We have provided a detailed outline of the measures that will take place. All containers departing high risk countries on or after 12th April 2021 must be treated & accompanied by a valid treatment certificate.
Effective 12th April 2021, offshore treatment requirements will be mandatory from the following High Risk Countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.
The offshore treatment requirements will be mandatory for the High Risk Plant Products detailed below that originate from the above listed countries: