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New Advice For Import Of Prawns And Products

by the Fish Site Editor
23 April 2010, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - This Biosecurity Australia Advice (BAA) informs stakeholders that Australias Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine has determined a quarantine policy for the importation of prawns and prawn products.

The latest Biosecurity Australia Advice (BAA) for 2010/11 informs stakeholders that Australia's Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine has determined a quarantine policy for the importation of prawns and prawn products. Importation of prawns and prawn products may be permitted subject to the Quarantine Act 1908, and the application of sanitary measures as specified in the Generic Import Risk Analysis Report for Prawns and Prawn Products, October 2009. The policy will now be taken into account by decision makers when considering import permit applications for prawns and prawn products in accordance with the Quarantine Act 1908 and Quarantine Proclamation 1998 as amended.

Biosecurity Australia has completed an import risk analysis (IRA) on the importation of prawns and prawn products. The IRA was completed in accordance with the provisions of the Import Risk Analysis Handbook 2003. It was subject to consultation with stakeholders, review by the independent Eminent Scientist Group and an appeal process. The independent Import Risk Analysis Appeal Panel has disallowed four appeals received on the final IRA report. Information on the appeals is available [click here]. At the completion of the IRA process, Biosecurity Australia recommended that Australia's Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine make a policy determination that prawns and prawn products could continue to be permitted entry into Australia under specific quarantine conditions. These conditions are similar to the current interim measures introduced in July 2007 and amended in September 2008.

The Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine has now determined the quarantine policy to permit the continued entry of prawns and prawn products to Australia. Importation of prawns and prawn products may be permitted, subject to the Quarantine Act 1908, and the application of sanitary measures as specified in the Generic Import Risk Analysis Report for Prawns and Prawn Products, October 2009. These measures are designed to limit quarantine risk to a level that is acceptably low, in order to achieve Australia’s appropriate level of protection. The policy will be taken into account by decision makers when considering import permit applications for prawns and prawn products in accordance with the Quarantine Act 1908 and Quarantine Proclamation 1998 as amended.

The final IRA report (BAA 2009/25) is available on the Biosecurity Australia web site [click here].

the Fish Site Editor