69-2017 - India confirm they can meet Australia’s enhanced import conditions for uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn products

20 July 2017

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers of (certain/specific) uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat products and associated industry participants and retailers.

This notice provides further information to industry advice notice 68-2017.

What has changed?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirms that:

  1. As of 19 July 2017, trade in prawns and prawn products exported from India can resume. India’s Competent Authority (Export Inspection Council) has provided written confirmation to the department that it can meet Australia’s enhanced import conditions.
  2. Malaysia, Thailand, China, Bangladesh and Vietnam have previously provided written confirmation to the department that they can meet the enhanced import conditions.
  3. The department continues to work with other trading partners to ensure safe trade can resume with other countries.
  4. Importers are responsible for ensuring that the conditions on the import permit are complied with before importing goods to Australia.
  5. All previously imported product that has received a notice of direction (NOI) remains under the conditions outlined in the NOI.

As a result of the department’s ongoing work in resuming safe trade in uncooked prawns and prawn products, import permits (that meet the enhanced conditions) for Australian prawns processed overseas and re-imported have now been granted and product is being released into the market.

The department has received, and is in the process of assessing permits for uncooked prawns and prawn products from the countries listed above and trade is now recommencing. Please contact the department if you require information on the status of health certificate negotiations underway with these listed countries.

Further information

The department will provide further Import Industry Advice Notices once Competent Authorities confirm in writing that they can meet the enhanced import conditions.

Enhanced import conditions can be found at Biosecurity advice 2017-12.

Contact information

If you require further information please call 1800 900 090 or email Imports.

Biosecurity import conditions are available on the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions database (BICON).