In SA’s Plant Quarantine Standard, Condition 7 is all about entry requirements related to the grapevine pest, phylloxera. Clauses 2 and 3 of this Condition relate to machinery and equipment previously used in grape production. Anyone planning to import such items into SA from interstate, must understand and abide by the entry requirements.

There may be instances, however, when a piece of equipment or machinery is sent from South Australia to an interstate Phylloxera Exclusion Zone (PEZ) for servicing alone.

Clauses 2.3 and 3.3 outline requirements for these situations with key aspects discussed below.

Any used machinery including grape harvesters, or equipment, sent from South Australia to a service provider located in an interstate Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ), Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) or Phylloxera Interim Buffer Zone (PIBZ) for servicing, must abide by all requirements in 2.1 and 2.2 (for machinery as discussed in a previous article) and 3.2 (for equipment as discussed in a previous article).

KEY ASPECTS:

Machinery

The need for dry heat or hot water treatment interstate or obtaining a Plant Health Certificate from an interstate biosecurity officer prior to re-entry into SA can be negated for machinery from SA sent to an interstate service provider in a PEZ, by ensuring that:

  • The SA consigning business cleans the machine thoroughly (including removing any belts, covers etc.) to remove all vineyard soil and plant material prior to leaving the state.
  • When the machinery to be serviced is in transit outside of South Australia, it is not backloaded with any other grape-related machinery or equipment.
  • The route of travel must be the most direct to and from the service provider and not through a PRZ/PIZ/PIBZ.

The two biosecurity documents required for this situation are:

  • A Plant Health Import Certificate (PHIC) to be obtained by the SA consigning business from PIRSA-Biosecurity SA. This PHIC also acts as the form of Importer Registration.
  • A Declaration for Grape Machinery and Equipment Servicing Only (refer Appendix 15 of the SA Plant Quarantine Standard) to be issued by the interstate service centre and sent to Biosecurity SA prior to the machinery departing from the service centre.

Equipment

The need to obtain a Plant Health Certificate from an interstate biosecurity officer prior to re-entry into SA can be negated for equipment from SA sent to an interstate service provider in a PEZ, by ensuring that:

  • The SA consigning business cleans the equipment thoroughly to remove all vineyard soil and plant material and securely packages the equipment prior to it leaving South Australia.
  • When the equipment to be serviced is in transit outside of South Australia, it must not be backloaded with any other grape-related equipment or machinery.
  • The route of travel must be the most direct to and from the service provider and not through a PRZ/PIZ/PIBZ.

The biosecurity documents required for this situation are:

  • A Declaration for Grape Machinery and Equipment Servicing Only (refer Appendix 15 of the SA Plant Quarantine Standard) to be issued by the interstate service centre and sent to PIRSA-Biosecurity SA prior to the equipment departing from the service centre.
  • A document to suffice as the form of Importer Registration with PIRSA-Biosecurity SA. For equipment this can be either a Plant Health Import Certificate for single imports or IR01 for multiple imports in a year.

Note: According to Condition 7 Clauses 2.3 and 3.3, there is no requirement for Direct Inspection of this machinery or equipment coming back into SA as long as the procedures in both Clauses are carefully followed.

To apply for a Plant Health Import Certificate, click here.

To apply for IR01, click here.

For a copy of the current South Australian Plant Quarantine Standard version 17.1, click here.

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