Uncooked prawn consignments

​​Consignments imported under the enhanced import conditions

  • The department continues to monitor and enforce stringent import conditions to manage the biosecurity risk associated with imported prawns.
  • All imports of raw prawns must be verified that they have tested free from white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV) both off-shore and again on arrival in Australia.
  • These import arrangements facilitate the safe trade in uncooked prawns and prawn products while the department undertakes a review of the biosecurity risks of, and import conditions for, prawns and prawn products for human consumption (this includes unprocessed raw prawns, marinated prawns, and Australian prawns processed overseas).
  • If a consignment returns a positive test result, it is not released from biosecurity control. Importers have the option to request a retest through the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, export, treat (i.e. cook) or destroy the consignment.
  • The department provides feedback to trading partners on positive detections to support their investigations and in turn reduce incidences of disease positive product being exported to Australia.
  • The enhanced import conditions will remain in place until the department's review of the biosecurity risks of, and import conditions for, prawns and prawn products for human consumption is finalised.

2018 summary of total uncooked prawn consignments

DateSummary
30 July 2018535 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 12 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
29 June 2018485 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 12 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
31 May 2018457 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 12 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
27 April 2018410 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 8 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
23 March 2018382 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 6 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
23 February 2018345 consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 4 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
9 February 2018308 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 3 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
25 January 2018282 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 3 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
12 January 2018250 commercial consignments have been imported under the enhanced import conditions. 3 consignments of imported prawns have tested positive for WSSV since trade has recommenced.
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