Notice - Notification of WTO Members: Biosecurity (Suspended Goods - Uncooked Prawns) Determination 2017

WTO code G/SPS/N/AUS/412/Add.8
Date notice 03/07/2017
Notice type Regular
Title Biosecurity (Suspended Goods - Uncooked Prawns) Determination 2017

On  10 January 2017, Australia notified that the importation of uncooked prawns (including prawn meat)  had  been  suspended  under  the  Biosecurity  (Suspended  Goods  -  Uncooked  Prawns) Determination 2017 (the suspension) for a period of six months. This was due to  an unacceptable  level of biosecurity risk posed by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV).
The  import  suspension  will  lapse  on  6  July  2017.  Enhanced  import  conditions  will  be  put  in  place from 7 July to allow for safe trade in prawns and prawn products. from  7  July  2017,  previous  classes  of  prawn  products,  namely  uncooked  prawns,  marinated prawns, and Australian prawns processed overseas in a non-Australian government audited supply chain,  will  be  consolidated  into  one  product  class.  Prawns  within  this  class  must  be  uncooked, frozen and have had the head and shell removed (the last shell segment and tail fans permitted). These prawns will all be subject to the following import conditions:
Exporting countries will be required to certify that the prawns have been found to be free of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and yellow head virus (YHV) based on sampling and testing methods recognised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Pre-export sampling and testing is to  be  conducted  post-processing.  The  prawns  will  also  be  subject  to  100  per  cent  secure  seals intact  inspection  on-arrival  in  Australia  and  testing  for  WSSV  and  YHV  at  an  Australian  screening laboratory.  Only  those  prawns  which  pass  testing  for  both  WSSV  and  YHV  at  an  approved screening  laboratory  will  be  released  from  biosecurity  control.  Australian  prawns  processed overseas through an Australian Government approved supply chain (as exists for Thailand) will not be  subject  to  pre-export  testing.  However,  this  product  will  continue  to  be  tested  on-arrival  for WSSV and YHV.
Breaded,  battered  and  crumbed  prawns  will  not  be  subject  to  pre-export  or  on-arrival  testing. However,  this  product  will  continue  to  be  subject  to  100  per  cent  secure  seals  intact  inspection on-arrival to ensure minimum coating requirements are met.
Import conditions will remain in place pending the outcomes of the review of the biosecurity risks of,  and  import  conditions  for,  prawns  and  prawn  products,  which  was  announced  by  the department on 16 May 2017 (G/SPS/N/AUS/422). If during this time the biosecurity risks for these products change, the department may amend the import conditions to ensure that biosecurity risk meets Australia's appropriate level of protection.
Trading  partners  that  can  meet  these  import  conditions  and  wish  to  export  uncooked  prawns  to Australia are requested to contact the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water  Resources  to  seek  approval  of  export  health  certification  prior  to  the  commencement  of  trade. A revised model health certificate, including all required health attestations, is at

Product Suspended Goods - Uncooked Prawns
Country Australia

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