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Changes provide information about amendments to import conditions. Keep informed of changes by following individual import cases.


Commencement of amended emergency measures for Xylella

Effective from 1 June 2021

The department has introduced further actions to manage the risk of the bacterial pathogen Xylella in imported nursery stock.

Due to new published literature showing that Xylella infects new hosts, the emergency measures now apply to 7 additional plant families:

See Table 1. for a list of affected genera.

Table 1. Genera that are now subject to Xylella measures as they belong to a newly regulated plant family for Xylella.

Agathis

Araucaria

Athyrium

Corokia

Corynocarpus

Dammara

Dennstaedtia

Diplazium

Glischrocaryon

Haloragis

Histiopteris

Hybanthus

Hymenanthera

Hypolepis

Kuniwatsukia

Leptolepia

Melicytus

Microlepia

Oenotrichia

Paesia

Pteridium

Viola


What types of material are affected:
These changes affect all permitted genera and species within affected plant families, imported as nursery stock. This includes tissue cultures, rooted plants, budwood and cuttings.

These requirements do not apply to imports of true botanical seeds.

What about consignments that are in-transit:
The revised conditions apply to consignments that are exported to Australia on or after 1 June 2021.

How will import permits be affected:

The department is working with affected import permit holders to vary existing permits in line with the above changes.

Background:
These actions are being carried out under Australia’s emergency measures for Xylella, to safeguard Australia from the entry of Xylella fastidiosa (and all of its sub-species) and X. taiwanensis.

Xylella is Australia’s top priority plant pathogen as it has the potential to severely impact our agricultural and horticultural industries and the environment. In addition to having a large host range, Xylella is easily spread by sap-feeding insects and the propagation of infected plants.

Emergency measures for Xylella were implemented in November 2015, and expanded in August 2020, to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity requirements that safeguard us against its entry. The department will continue to monitor and assess evidence of new risks posed by Xylella and may amend import conditions again in the future.

Further information:
Enquiries can be directed to 1800 900 090 or via email at imports@agriculture.gov.au (please title the subject line of the email with ‘Plant T2 – Xylella emergency measures’).

This Change applies to the following Cases:


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