Changes to the South Australian import conditions
South Australia (SA) has published updated import conditions for TPP host and carrier produce, effective from 16 June, 2017. These conditions will make it easier for nursery stock, dormant nursery stock, pome fruit, stone fruit, strawberries and leafy vegetables to move into SA.
- Packhouse packed (beans, celery, cucumber, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, spinach)
Leafy fruit and vegetable such as beans, corn and lettuce that are processed through a packing house can move into SA subject to an approved washing procedure, inspection and secure packaging. At this stage unless you have an ICA you are not able to move produce into SA.
Strawberry fruit can now move into SA subject to certification by DAFWA as inspected and packed under secure conditions. Once the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols and procedures have been endorsed, businesses can carry out their own certification.
Methyl bromide fumigation treatment is now only an alternative option to inspection and packing security.
At this stage, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania require methyl bromide fumigation for strawberry imports.
Non TPP host nursery stock can now move into SA subject to treatment for the adult TPP and inspection.
Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables
Jurisdictions have advised that ethyl formate will only be considered for cut flowers at this stage and not for fruits and vegetables.
Conditional Non-TPP host produce
Pome and stone fruit
Fresh fruit such as apples, pears and stone fruit without any green material (i.e. leaves, green calyx or other green vegetative components) can move into SA without TPP conditions.
As reported in the last update, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries now permits TPP carrier fruit, which include green material free apples, pears and stone fruit to move into the state without restriction.
Dormant nursery stock
Dormant trees without leaves or fruit can move onto SA without TPP conditions.
National protocols for TPP carrier produce
State and territory jurisdictions are beginning to endorse the draft ICA protocols and procedures put forward by DAFWA for leafy vegetables, nursery stock and strawberries.
Once the protocols and procedures have been endorsed and the import conditions are in place, the entry to interstate markets for produce covered by these protocols and procedures can recommence in accordance with the conditions.
Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables
Jurisdictions have advised that ethyl formate will only be considered for cut flowers at this stage. A negotiation for the use of ethyl formate for other produce is continuing with DAFWA providing additional information to the other jurisdictions.
TPP/CLso host produce
A Certification Assurance (CA) protocol relating to tomato seedlings is being developed by DAFWA.
Fruit (i.e. tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and chilli)
Other jurisdictions’ import conditions have been put in place. Growers wishing to export TPP/CLso host produce need to comply with interstate trade requirements.
On 20 June 2017, DAFWA participated in a national workshop in Adelaide on surveillance plan to verify the status of CLso in WA.
The workshop, attended by technical experts and some interstate plant health managers and chaired by Australia’s Chief Biosecurity Officer, discussed various elements of surveillance plan to be prepared by WA.
The proceedings of this workshop are currently under preparation and key outcomes will be shared in the next update.
General advice for growers
Please check the latest interstate trade requirements in relation to plant material and produce. Full details of the entry conditions are updated on the NSW, Victorian and South Australian department websites.
If growers have crops ready for immediate export, please advise DAFWA and the Market Access team at TPP-MarketAccess@agric.wa.gov.au
Check and report
Commercial horticulture producers, particularly in regional areas, are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report via the MyPestGuide Reporter app, email or phone.
On-farm biosecurity practices, such as good farm hygiene and early reporting of suspicious symptoms should be in place to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. Practical advice and information to assist producers – including a monthly e-newsletter, videos, manuals and record sheets – is available through the Farm Biosecurity website.