Plant Import Requirement Changes

​The Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, is published annually in December of each year, as a new edition for the coming calendar year.

From time to time changes to Import Requirements need to be made at short notice. This page contains notifications of any such changes that are introduced outside of the annual edition of the manual.

Amended Import Requirement 31- Hosts and Vectors of Citrus Canker

Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that Import Requirement 31 relating to hosts and vectors of citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) has been amended as at 27 June 2018. This import requirement is in response to the detection of citrus canker in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Citrus canker is a serious disease of citrus and can have severe impacts on fruit quality and yield. Whilst the disease has been detected in Australia previously, it has been successfully eradicated several times.

The amendments include:
  • An expansion of the host list of citrus canker; and
  • Recognition of an Operating Procedure to facilitate the supply of citrus fruit of the Northern Territory and Western Australia under acceptable biosecurity requirements for registered and approved properties.
The amended Import Requirement 31: Hosts and vectors - Citrus Canker is effective immediately.

  Amended Import Requirement 31- Hosts and Vectors of Citrus Canker   (208Kb)

For more information on citrus canker, visit:
Outbreak website - citrus canker
NSW Department of Primary Industries - citrus canker


Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid Hosts and Vectors

Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that Import Requirem​ent 46 relating to hosts and vectors of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (syn. Trioza cockerelli Šulc)) has been formally declared on 8 June 2018. This import requirement is in response to the detection and establishment of tomato potato psyllid ​(TPP) in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia, and as a precautionary measure in the event the psyllid is detected in other parts of Australia.

TPP is recognised internationally as a very serious pest of solanaceous hosts like potato, tomato, capsicum and eggplant. 

The Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid Hosts and Vectors is effective from 22 June 2018.

For more information on tomato potato psyllid, visit:


  Import Requirement 46 - Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) – Hosts and Vectors   (672Kb)​


Import Requirement 2 - Fruit Fly Host Produce

Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that existing Import Requirement 2 in relation to fruit fly host product entering Tasmania has been modified to ensure risk produce is fumigated at a higher minimum temperature.

This is being implemented as a precautionary measure in a bid to further mitigate risk under current unusual Queensland fruit fly pressure.

This requirement, along with others related to fruit fly risk mitigation, will continue to be reviewed as per routine practice to ensure requirements are appropriate to the risk.

The revised Import Requirement 2 - Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide is effective as of 2 March 2018

  Amendment of Conditions and Restrictions on the Importation of Prescribed Matter   (354Kb)


Not so familiar with Tasmania's biosecurity system? (ie occasional importers) - use the Tasmanian Biosecurity Import Requirements Database (TBIRD).


Contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au