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Requirements for moving suspended prawn imports

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, July 2017

Prawn consignments that were imported prior to the suspension on 9 January 2017 are subject to certain biosecurity requirements. These measures are in place to manage the risk of White Spot Disease.

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Prawn consignments that were imported prior to the suspension on 9 January 2017 are subject to certain biosecurity requirements. These measures are in place to manage the risk of White Spot Disease.

Key biosecurity requirements

  • Written approval must be received by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) before prawns are moved.
  • A movement application can be obtained by completing the Application to move suspended prawn product imports subject to biosecurity control form. It must be signed by both the transferring approved arrangements site and the receiving approved arrangements site.
  • Both sites must keep a signed copy of the form on file and present it on request to the department.
  • Interstate movements are NOT permitted under any circumstances.
  • Unless otherwise directed, biosecurity officers must be present to supervise loading and unloading of product.
  • Records of loading and unloading must be kept for audit purposes.

Transport of product

  • Goods must be transported frozen in cartons.
  • The transport provider must use an enclosed truck or another method approved by the department to maintain security to the delivery point.
  • The container or truck will be sealed with a biosecurity seal.
  • Imported prawns and associated residue must be separate from other products.
  • The product must be moved from the secure area with minimum time delays. If delays occur during loading, container doors must be closed and remaining product secured.
  • The seal, carton and batch numbers will be verified on arrival.
  • All inspection and verification processes are chargeable.

Note

The receiving site must be a (Class 2.5) Approved Arrangement (AA) under section 406 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 or a site approved by the department.

More information about the department’s approved arrangements.

Contacts

For all enquiries relating to prawn imports or the prawn import suspension, contact Prawn Liaison Officer or 1800 068 468.