In the lead up to vintage 2023, ensure you are aware of all requirements relating to the importation of regulated items, such as harvesters, tractors and grape bins.
Refer to Condition 7 in the South Australian Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) for details of importation requirements.
Two important aspects of importing these regulated items into South Australia for commercial purposes are:
A. IMPORTER REGISTRATION
There are three available forms of registering with PIRSA Biosecurity SA as an intended importer of a regulated item, however, the options relevant to you will depend on a range of factors including the item(s) being imported (refer to the table below as an excerpt from SA PQS Condition 7, Table 1), how many imports you predict doing in the year, and whether your business wants to be able to undertake its own inspections of these regulated items when imported into South Australia.
Application options for Importer Registration include:
- Plant Health Import Certificate (PHIC) (generally for single imports in a year)
- To obtain, complete the application form at PIRSA Importers application forms
- Importer Registration (IR01) (generally for multiple imports in a year for business not wanting to undertake direct inspections)
- To obtain, complete the application form
- Import Verification Compliance Arrangement (IVCA) CA-01 accreditation (generally for multiple imports in a year for businesses also wanting to undertake direct inspections)
- To obtain, complete the application form. IVCA also allows businesses to self-inspect and verify consignments.
B. DIRECT INSPECTION
This step involves inspecting and clearing the regulated item on arrival into South Australia. Penalties apply for failing to comply. There are two available options for undertaking Direct Inspections:
- Direct Inspection is undertaken by a PIRSA Inspector
- To request a direct inspection from PIRSA:
a) complete the application form and email to PIRSA.PlantHealthMarketAccess@sa.gov.au indicating requested time and date for the inspection (meeting a request is subject to availability of a PIRSA Inspector), and
b) email manifest details to PIRSA.PlantHealthManifest@sa.gov.au, including a clear description of the produce type, quantity, carrier details, name and address of the sender, name and address of the receiver, consignment note number and estimated date and time of arrival
- Direct Inspection is undertaken by an IVCA accredited receiving business
- To obtain, complete the application form. IVCA also includes importer registration.
Contact PIRSA’s Biosecurity SA Market Access team on 08 8207 7814 for all importation queries.