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Shipping to Australia? A reminder on Khapra Beetle requirements

We would like to remind you that on April 12, 2021 the Australian Department of Agriculture introduced a mandatory offshore treatment requirements for target risk sea containers to protect against the khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium). This is a destructive pest that can reproduce rapidly in stored products under hot conditions and is considered a significant biosecurity risk to Australia. Kindly refer to the tables at the end of this notification for the list of High-Risk Plant Products and High-Risk Countries.

Targeted risk containers

  • Full / Full consolidated box containing high risk plant products packed in a Khapra Beetle-risk country. Implementation date: April 12, 2021.
  • Full / Full consolidated box packed in a Khapra Beetle-risk country AND destined for a rural grain growing area of Australia; mid-2021 (Date TBC).
  • Please find details on how to comply in the table provided here

Approved treatments

  • Methyl bromide fumigation
  • Heat treatment
  • Insecticide spray

The following exclusions apply:

  • Goods that are thermally processed that are commercially manufactured and packaged such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, par-boiled, boiled, puffed, malted, or pasteurized goods.
  • Goods that are chemically processed and preserved such as with a Formalin Propionic Acid fixative, Formalin Acetic acid alcohol, Carnoy’s fixative or ethanol.
  • Fresh vegetables.
  • Commercially manufactured frozen or freeze-dried food (perishable foodstuffs only).
  • Frozen plant samples for plant research (including through the use of liquid nitrogen and freeze drying).
  • Oils derived from vegetables or seed
  • Preserved or pickled (such as in vinegar or alcohol)
  • Goods that have been refined or extracted to obtain specific components from plant-based raw materials. Examples include starch, lecithin, protein, cellulose, sugars and pigments.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in export of the container upon arrival in Australia. All related costs will be on customer’s account. You can mitigate financial exposure due to detention by purchasing additional free time online before the container’s arrival in Australia.

For your reference, please find below a table with the high-risk products.

High-Risk Plant Products

Khapra beetle is found throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Please find below the list by the Australian Department of Agriculture where the khapra beetle is present.

High-Risk Countries

For further details:

See also the following articles on the Shipping Australia website:

Please visit our website to view our additional free time options. If you should require more detailed information, please contact our customer service team at your location who will be glad to guide you based on your individual situation.

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