Now is the time to re-familiarise yourself with your state’s Plant Quarantine Standard or equivalent. These documents outline the prohibited and allowable movements between states and phylloxera management zones. And, for allowable movements, the cleaning, disinfestation and documentation required.
For South Australian-based businesses or those importing into South Australia, the current consolidated phylloxera condition (Condition 7) in South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) Version 17.0 has been updated since last vintage.
It’s important to be familiar with these updated movement conditions and be ready to comply. Some of the key changes are:
- Steam as a sterilisation treatment method for all machinery or equipment being imported into SA is now prohibited;
- The entry of used netting, trellis posts, vine guards, dripper tube, wire and clips into SA is now prohibited;
- The entry of winegrapes grown in a Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ) into SA is now prohibited;
- The alignment of entry requirements for equipment from a PRZ with tougher standards applicable for equipment from a Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) and Phylloxera Interim Buffer Zone (PIBZ); and
- The alignment of entry requirements for grape marc, with that of winegrapes.
We also remind industry to review the Industry Notice from June detailing certification and direct inspection requirements for empty used grape bins and bulk tippers being imported into South Australia from an interstate Phylloxera Exclusion Zone (PEZ). Another Industry Notice on this matter will be issued shortly to again outline requirements ahead of vintage.