New conditions are in effect for fresh solanaceous fruit and vegetables
purchased in Western Australia and imported into the Indian Ocean
Territories (IOT) of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
These conditions have been put in place to reduce the likelihood of the
spread of tomato‑potato psyllid (TPP) associated with the movement of the
following fresh fruit and vegetables:
Pepino (Melon Pear)
Tomato (including cherry tomatoes)
All fresh solanaceous produce purchased in Western Australia may be imported to the Indian Ocean Territories
under one of the following two options:
- Goods must be commercially produced and sourced from a retail store. Each consignment must be accompanied by an invoice or receipt which includes the name of the retail source as evidence of where the goods were purchased. Goods without sufficient source evidence will be exported back to the port of origin or disposed of. Produce is not permitted if sourced from backyard gardens or directly from farmers’ markets, or if there is insufficient proof of purchase.
2. Goods must be commercially produced and fumigated with methyl bromide. To demonstrate compliance with this requirement, importers must present an acceptable fumigation certificate at the time of clearance.
• All fresh solanaceous produce must be securely packaged (fully enclosed) using one or more of the following secure packaging options:
Integral cartons – produce may be packed in integral (fully enclosed) cartons (packages) with boxes having no ventilation holes and lids tightly fixed to the bases.
Ventilation holes of cartons covered – cartons (packages) with ventilation holes must have the holes covered/sealed with a mesh/screen of no more than 1.6 mm pore size and not less than 0.16 mm strand thickness. Alternatively, the vent holes could be taped over.
Polythene liners – vented cartons (packages) with sealed polythene liners/bags within are acceptable (folded polythene bags are acceptable).
This means that the minimum requirements for us to be able to release the solanaceous goods (tomatoes, chillies, capsicums etc.) are:
• Commercial invoice or fumigation certificate
• Secure packaging that doesn’t allow the movement of insects into or out of the packaging (in a box with no holes or boxes with holes secured in plastic bags)
• Goods are clean and free from pests and diseases
If goods do not meet these minimum requirements they will be seized and destroyed as biosecurity risk material.
You can provide the invoices or fumigation certificates to us in one of two ways either directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ensure that they are included in the paperwork you provide to Freightshop (Please note it is not the Department or Freightshop’s responsibility to chase up paperwork on your behalf)
Please see full fact sheet here for more details