Consignments are to be free from live storage pests, soil and extraneous material.
An import permit is not required for export certification but is required by China on arrival. Exporters and packing and loading registered establishments must be registered with GACC prior preparing or exporting wheat or barley to China.Note: If an exporter or registered establishment is preparing or exporting wheat or barley to China for the first time then contact must be made with the Grain and Seed Export Program email@example.com so that the name and location of your business can be provided to GACC as agreed under the protocol. GACC registered exporters and establishments are published on the GACC website.
The registered establishment name and number will need to be entered in the Lot Number field of the Request for Permit (RFP) as follows: 'Processed and packed at (name of establishment) / (establishment number)'. This detail will be automatically transferred to the phytosanitary certificate.
NOTE: GACC IS MONITORING THE PRESENCE OF ERGOTS IN WHEAT AND BARLEY. EXPORTERS ARE TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESENCE OF ERGOT (CLAVICEPS PUPUREA) IN WHEAT AND BARLEY TO CHINA IS 0.01% OR BELOW.
The requirements for wheat into China for consumption are governed by a protocol of conditions agreed to between the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), Peoples Republic of China and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
The protocol requirements override any import permit that may be presented to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer (AO). Where an import permit is not consistent with the protocol it must be referred to the Grain and Seed Exports Program. An import permit does not need to be sighted by an AO.
The "Industry Management Plan to supply wheat and barley to the Chinese Market" to minimise the amount of foreign matter, weed seeds and other pests of concern in export consignments to China, has been endorsed by industry and GACC.
The exporter must provide a signed declaration on a company letterhead to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer prior to inspection attesting that "The consignment complies with the Industry Management Plan to supply wheat and barley to the Chinese Market and a stock selection process and/or other actions were undertaken to minimise the level of pests of quarantine concern to China." The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be unable to issue certification if the declaration is not provided.
Test results for the presence of Barley stripe mosaic virus from an accredited seed laboratory in the consignment must be provided with the Request for Permit (Notice of Intention to Export Prescribed Goods) when submitted to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Port Zone testing for Barley Stripe Mosaic virus is acceptable.
Wheat eyespot (Pseudocercosporella herpotrichoides) does not require supporting evidence to be certified as it is not on the seed export pathway. The department reports monitoring data for wheat eyespot to China on an annual basis.
Phytosanitary sampling and inspection procedures undertaken by Authorised Officers address the additional declaration statement pertaining to nil tolerance for Trogoderma spp. in inspected samples.
The other pests and weed seeds of quarantine concern to China include; Cernuella virgata (Vineyard snail), Cochlicella acuta (Pointed snail) , Solenopsis invicta (Red imported fire ant), Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Common ragweed), Avena ludoviciana (Winter wild oats), Avena sterilis (Winter wild oats), Bromus rigidus (Rigid brome), Centaurea repens (Russian knapweed), Emex australis (Doublegee, Three-cornered Jack, Spiny emex), Lactuca serriola (Prickly lettuce), Lolium temulentum (Darnel grass), Sorghum halepense (Johnson grass) and Xanthium spinosum (Bathurst burr).
For a phytosanitary certificate to be issued, sampling and inspection will be undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer as per the Plant Export Operation Manual (PEOM) and relevant work instructions. As well, the exporter must minimise or demonstrate that the presence of the pests of quarantine concern to China has been minimised in accordance with the following:
1. The exporter is to provide a laboratory analysis certificate from an accredited seed laboratory to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer at the time of making an appointment for inspection, attesting the weed seeds and other pests of quarantine concern to China comply with the protocol requirements. The laboratory analysis will be based on a representative, composite sample of the lot(s) that will be used to make up the consignment.
2. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer conducts the visual inspection for weed seeds and other pests of quarantine concern to China at the same time as undertaking the standard inspection in accordance with the protocol requirements, the Plant Export Operation Manual (PEOM) and relevant work instructions.
3. A combination of 1 and 2. This may apply, for example, where lots with laboratory analysis certificates are not of sufficient tonnage to complete loading.
The exporter must inform the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Authorised Officer at the time of making an appointment for inspection, the approach that they will apply and if appropriate, provide the laboratory analysis certificate.