Nursery stock and seeds

1 – 3 Refer to Basic Requirements
4 Sight import permit/phytosanitary certificate and:

  • check for validity;
  • check the import requirements in the manual;

detain the consignment.

The next step  depends on the destination of the importation.

If the material is to be grown at the post-entry quarantine (PEQ) station, e.g. at Koronivia, Nu’u or Vaini, the package should not be opened but should be sent to the station immediately, where the goods will be dealt with in accordance with the PEQ operations/clearance section below. Go to Step 9.

If the import permit requirements include the movement of the material to a private nursery, go to Step 5.

5a Carefully inspect the consignment for:

  • soil – must be removed and disposed of;
  • insect infestation – leaf miners, frass and chewed leaves – normally the pests are treated with fumigation as an import condition;
  • galls – arthropods or nematodes – require treatment; and
  • exit holes in seeds – possible insect infestation.
5b If a pest is detected, take a sample and label it. If you cannot identify it, refer it to an expert for a definitive observation and to a senior officer for a decision on the action to be taken.

The purpose of the identification is to determine if the pest is a quarantine pest in accordance with the national  phytosanitary legislation, and the appropriate phytosanitary measures that are required to manage the risk of entry of this pest.

 5c Inspect the packing for prohibited materials – destroy them if found, otherwise fumigate and release these items to the importer if they require them.
6 If treatment is required, undertake treatment as prescribed in Section 1.2.2 Treatment.
 7 Release to the importer and arrange for the consignment to be inspected as prescribed in the import requirements.
 8 Complete the preliminary inspection documentation.
The following steps are conducted at the post-entry quarantine nursery, government or private facility.

Note: These facilities must not be used for the production of non-quarantine crops. A particular greenhouse or screenhouse in a facility may be registered for quarantine purposes, but must be separated from other facilities and be identified as a quarantine facility and secured (locked, accessible only by identified persons and biosecurity officers).

9 Inspect at the premises as required by the import requirements. Test the material as required.

Destroy all plants that are infested with regulated pests that cannot be treated.

10 Release all healthy plant material as prescribed in the import requirements after completing the PEQ period.
11 Complete the final documentation.
12 Notify non-compliance.
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