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Urgent Actions to Protect Against Khapra Beetle (Trogoderma Granarium)

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is currently implementing new regulations for importers of FCL/FCX (BCN) containers carrying high-risk plant products and loaded in a khapra beetle target risk country as well as FCL/FCX (BCN) container shipped from a khapra beetle target risk country and destined to a rural grain growing area of Australia.

What are target risk containers?

A target risk container is defined as a:

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

What are the measures for target risk containers?

Target risk containers exported on or after 12 April 2020 must be:

High Risk Plant Products


Tariff item code

Rice (Oryza sativa)

1209, 1006

Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum)

1209, 0713, 1106

Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita, Cucumis, Citrullus spp.)

1209, 1207

Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum)

1209, 0909

Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius)

1209, 1207

Bean seed (Phaseolus spp.)

1209, 0713, 1106

Soybean (Glycine max)

1209, 1201

Mung beans, cowpeas (Vigna spp.)

1209, 0713, 1106

Lentils (Lens culinaris)

1209, 0713, 1106

Wheat (Triticum aestivum)

1209, 1001, 1104, 1103, 1101

Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)

1209, 0909

Celery seed (Apium graveolens)


Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea)

1209, 1202, 0713, 1106

Dried chillies/capsicum (Capsicum spp.)


Faba bean (Vicia faba)

1209, 0713, 1106

Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan)

1209, 0713, 1106

Pea seed (Pisum sativum)

1209, 0713, 1106

Fennel seed (Foeniculum spp).

1209, 0909


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); and
  • 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.

Khapra beetle target 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

Further information can be found on the department’s webpage;

Information regarding the khapra beetle;

If you are intending to import high risk plant products from a target risk country or goods destined for a rural grain growing area of Australia from a target risk country, please contact your ACA International representative for further clarification should you require.