Release of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2021
Biosecurity Tasmania advises that the 2021 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) has been released.
An updated edition of the PBMTas is released each year to help importers, exporters and the broader public understand the current requirements for the import and export of plants, plant products, and other prescribed matter authorised by the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.
The 2021 edition incorporates several changes to import requirements including:
Import Requirement 2 – Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide (regarding new pre-entry conditions for passionfruit)
Import Requirement 10 – Grape Phylloxera – Hosts and Vectors (expansion of treatment options for table grapes originating from phylloxera risk zones)
Import Requirement 22 – Lupin Anthracnose Disease – Hosts and Vectors (update of the import requirement)
Import Requirement 27 – Chickpea Blight – Hosts and Vectors (revision to chickpea blight name)
Import Requirement 28 – Blueberry Rust – Hosts and Vectors (improvements to host range citation)
Import Requirement 30 – Grain and Grain Products Intended for Animal Feed – Import Conditions (removal of legacy references to maize and modification to definition of TF1 feed grain)
Import Requirement 36 – Seeds for Sowing (minor modifications); and
Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors (amendments excluding dormant nursery stock without green material from regulation against this pest).
Some of the above changes occurred and were advised during 2020 and are now incorporated into the 2021 edition.
Additionally, new pre-entry conditions apply for importers wishing to import mushroom kits for human consumption, along with further clarification on requirements for produce handling in transit (in non-secure conditions) for fruit fly host prescribed matter (Schedule 1B).
A more comprehensive list of all changes can be found in the section 68 notice at the front of the PBMTas 2021 edition.
A PDF version of the PBMTas 2021 edition can be downloaded from here.
Acknowledgement: reproduced from Biosecurity Advisory 27/2020 from Biosecurity Tasmania