Urgent Action to Protect Against Khapra Beetle Infestation

August 21, 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is implementing urgent biosecurity actions to address the risk of khapra beetle.

Khapra beetles pose a significant threat to Australian produce such as grains, rice, oilseeds and dried foodstuffs. Stored goods contaminated with beetles and cast skins and hairs from larvae also pose a serious health risk.

Urgent actions apply to 18 high-risk plant products with exclusions. These can be found on DAWE’s recent Khapra Beetle notice.

Measures of urgent action include (but are not limited to):

  1. Banning high-risk plant products from entering Australia from all countries as unaccompanied personal effects (UPEs) and within low value air and sea freight (lodged through self-assessed clearance). This excludes goods imported as commercial trade samples and for research purposes.
  2. Banning high-risk plant products from entering Australia from all countries in accompanied baggage and in mail.
  3. Extending phytosanitary certification verifying freedom from Trogoderma species to all high-risk plant products imported via commercial pathways from all countries.
  4. Introducing mandatory offshore treatment of high-risk plant products imported via commercial pathways from countries determined to pose an unacceptable khapra beetle risk. These measures will not apply for seeds for planting.

These will be implemented through various phases, with phase 1 rolling out in August 2020. For further details, please read DAWE’s latest industry notice or contact one of our accredited customs brokers at 1800 727 195.

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