Consignments are to be free from pests, soil, weed seeds and extraneous material.Where applicable, the exporter is to provide evidence attesting to the endorsement and present it to the Authorised Officer at the time of inspection.
A copy of the import permit must be presented to an Authorised Officer at the time of inspection.
Plants with roots must be certified as free from the following soil-borne pests as per Section 220.127.116.11 of directive D-08-04:
- Potato wart disease (Synchitrium endobioticum) – not present in Australia
- Golden cyst nematode (Globodera pallida) – not present in Australia
- Potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis) – present in Australia
The following methods may be used to ensure that plants with roots are free from these pests:
- The pest is known not to occur in the country of origin of the material.
- The material is grown in soil where, based on official soil surveys or other precautionary practices, the pest is known not to occur.
- The material is grown in sterile, soil-free growing media and produced under conditions that preclude infestation by the pest.
- Australia currently does not have an agreement with Canada in relation to the Canadian Growing Media Program.