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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, July 2017

Summary of changes to import conditions for uncooked prawns and prawn products for human consumption* 12 July 2017.

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Summary of changes to import conditions for uncooked prawns and prawn products for human consumption* 12 July 2017
Uncooked Prawn productRequirements prior to 9 January 2017Requirements post suspension (from 7 July 2017)
Uncooked, unprocessed (non-Australian origin)
  • All consignments were accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government including certification that the prawns were free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns were frozen, with head and shell removed.
  • All batches in every consignment (except from New Caledonia) were inspected and tested on arrival in Australia for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) and Yellow Head Virus (YHV).
  • Uncooked prawns, marinated prawns and Australian prawns processed overseas (excluding those processed in an Australian government approved supply chain) are consolidated into one product class – uncooked prawns.
  • All consignments accompanied by a new health certificate issued by an overseas government (to date this includes; Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Bangladesh) including that the prawns are free of visible signs of disease.
  • All batches in every consignment must test negative for WSSV and YHV, prior to export, using testing methods recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
  • Prawns are frozen, with head and shell removed (the last shell segment and tail fans permitted).
  • 100% of consignments subject to secure seals intact inspection.
  • All batches in every consignment tested at an approved screening laboratory on arrival in Australia for WSSV and YHV.
Uncooked marinated
  • All consignments were accompanied by health certificates issued by an overseas government including certification that the prawns were free of visible signs of disease.
  • 25% of marinated consignments inspected on arrival in Australia to verify that products were genuinely highly processed and free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns were frozen, with head and shell removed.
Uncooked Australian prawns exported overseas for processing and re-imported to Australia (excluding prawns processed in an Australian Government approved facility in Thailand)
  • Prawns were managed as per uncooked, unprocessed non-Australian origin prawns (see above).
Uncooked Prawn product Requirements prior to 9 January 2017 Requirements post suspension (from 7 July 2017)
Breaded, battered and crumbed
  • All consignments accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government including certification that the prawns were free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns were frozen, with head and shell removed.
  • 25% of consignments inspected on arrival in Australia to verify that products were genuinely highly processed.
  • All consignments accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government that the prawns are free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns are frozen, with head and shell removed.
  • 100% of consignments inspected seals intact on arrival in Australia to verify that products are genuinely highly processed
Uncooked Australian-origin prawns exported to Thailand and processed in an approved facility (Thai Union)
  • All consignments accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government certifying prawns were processed in an approved facility in accordance with the biosecurity integrity program agreed with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department).
  • All consignments accompanied by health certification issued by the Thai government certifying prawns were processed in approved facility in accordance with the biosecurity integrity program agreed with the department and are free of visible signs of disease.
  • 100% of consignments subject to secure seals intact inspection on arrival in Australia.
  • All batches in every consignment tested on arrival in Australia for WSSV and YHV.
Uncooked Prawn product Requirements prior to 9 January 2017 Requirements post suspension (from 7 July 2017)
Highly processed product (e.g. dim sum, dumplings, spring rolls, samosa type or similar products)
  • All consignments accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government that the prawns were free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns were frozen, with head and shell removed.
  • 25% of consignments inspected, but not tested, on arrival in Australia to verify that products were genuinely highly processed.
  • All consignments accompanied by a health certificate issued by an overseas government that the prawns are free of visible signs of disease.
  • Prawns were frozen, with head and shell removed.
  • 25% of consignments subject to inspection (mixed consignments require seals intact inspection) on arrival in Australia to verify that products are genuinely highly processed.

* The changes listed in the table represent the key risk management measures, however these are implemented with several other. Please refer to the department’s biosecurity import conditions database for more details.  

* Importers are responsible for ensuring that the conditions on the import permit are complied with before importing goods into Australia.

* Trade will not commence until the exporting country government confirms that it can certify that the prawns have tested free from WSSV and YHV. The following countries have provided assurance:

  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Bangladesh
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