We wish to advise you that the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released important information and urgent actions to protect against Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma granarium). We highly recommend the time be taken to review these measures to understand if it has any effect on your goods. Treatment is mandatory and any container found not to be treated, which is deemed a Khapra Beetle risk, will be re-exported and no provisions for on shore treatment available. DAWE have provided a useful flowchart which can be found here and we have provided further information below.
“In response to the recent and increasing hitchhiker risk of khapra beetle in sea containers, changes to the management of containers is now an immediate priority. Accordingly, new measures for containers (Phase 6A) will be introduced ahead of proposed changes for plant products and seeds for sowing (Phases 3-5). A new webpage detailing the khapra beetle sea container measures is now available.”
What are Target Risk Containers?
A target risk container is defined as a Full Container Load/Full Container Consolidated (FCL/FCX) where:
- high-risk plant products are packed into the sea container in a khapra beetle target risk country
- other goods are packed into the sea container in a khapra beetle target risk country and destined to a rural grain growing area of Australia.
Target risk containers must be:
- treated offshore using a department approved treatment option
- treated within 21 days prior to export and
- accompanied by appropriate certification.
The target of these treatments is the container and not the goods/commodity being shipped within the container. This means that the container must be treated prior to packing, except if using methyl bromide fumigation.
The start date for these requirements depends on the type of target risk container:
For further information on the above graphic please check www.agriculture.gov.au.
Please do not hesitate to contact the team if you require any further information.
Thanks & kind regards
Quay Customer Service