Khapra Beetle Update-New Biosecurity Requirements for Imports into Australia


Australia - Khapra Beetle Update


Br International would like to inform you that the Australian Department of Agriculture has introduced mandatory offshore treatment requirements for target risk sea containers with effect from 12th April 2021 to protect against Khapra beetle.

Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is a destructive pest that can reproduce rapidly in stored products under hot conditions and is considered as a significant biosecurity risk to Australia.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in export of the container upon arrival in Australia.

Targeted risk containers

A target risk container is defined as a Full Container Load/Full Container Consolidated (FCL/FCX) where:

Note: ISO tanks, reefers, flat racks, LCL /FAK and containers that will be shipped as empty containers are excluded from the measures.

High Risk Plants-


Tariff item code

Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)

1209, 0713, 1106

Celery seed (Apium graveolens)


Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)

1209, 0713, 1106

Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)

1209, 0909

Cucurbit seed (CucurbitaCucumisCitrullus spp.)

1209, 1207

Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)

1209, 0909

Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)

090421, 090422

Faba bean (Vicia faba)

1209, 0713, 1106

Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp).

1209, 0909

Lentils (Lens culinaris)

1209, 0713, 1106

Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)

1209, 0713, 1106

Pea seed (Pisum sativum)

1209, 0713, 1106

Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)

1209, 1202, 0713, 1106

Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)

1209, 0713, 1106

Rice (Oryza sativa)

1209, 1006

Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)

1209, 1207

Soybean (Glycine max)

1209, 1201

Wheat (Triticum aestivum)

1209, 1001, 1104, 1103, 1101


High Risk Countries

Khapra beetle is found throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The department has identified the following countries as those where khapra beetle is present:

• Afghanistan • Albania • Algeria • Bangladesh • Benin • Burkina Faso • Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) • Cyprus • Egypt • Ghana • Greece • India • Iran, Islamic Republic of • Iraq • Israel • Kuwait • Lebanon • Libya • Mali • Mauritania

• Morocco • Myanmar • Nepal • Niger • Nigeria • Oman • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Senegal • Somalia • South Sudan • Sri Lanka • Sudan • Syrian Arab Republic • Timor-Leste • Tunisia • Turkey • United Arab Emirates • Yemen

Target risk containers must be:

The target of these treatments is the container and not the goods/commodity being shipped within the container. This means that the container must be treated prior to packing, except if using methyl bromide fumigation.

Approved treatments

  • Methyl bromide fumigation
  • Heat treatment
  • Insecticide spray


The following exclusions apply:

  • Goods that are thermally processed that are commercially manufactured and packaged such as retorted, blanched, roasted, fried, par-boiled, boiled, puffed, malted or pasteurised goods
  • Goods that are chemically processed and preserved such as with a Formalin Propionic Acid fixative, Formalin Acetic acid alcohol, Carnoy’s fixative or ethanol.
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Commercially manufactured frozen or freeze-dried food (perishable foodstuffs only)
  • Frozen plant samples for plant research (including through the use of liquid nitrogen and freeze drying)
  • Oils derived from vegetables or seed
  • Preserved or pickled (such as in vinegar or alcohol)
  • Goods that have been refined or extracted to obtain specific components from plant-based raw materials. Examples include starch, lecithin, protein, cellulose, sugars and pigments.

Keeping you updated 

BRi Customs Team 

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