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Country: Sri Lanka (LK)
Scientific Name:  
Group: Fruit
End Use: Fresh
NPPO Details:
National Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS), Department of Agriculture
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Export Criteria

Criteria Criteria Required?
Import Permit Yes
Phytosanitary Certificate Yes
Additional Declaration/Endorsement Yes
Protocol Market No

General Requirements

This Importing Country Requirement applies to:
  • Apple (Malus domestica)
  • Grapes (Vitis vinifera)
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis) 
  • Pears (Pyrus communis)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum)


Consignments are to be free from pests, soil, weed seeds and extraneous material.

Fruit to be free of leaves and branches.

All consignments of fruit are permitted entry only at the seaport of Colombo.

A copy of the import permit must be presented to an Authorised Officer at the time of inspection.

​It is the exporter’s responsibility to ensure that the phytosanitary certificate is issued within 14 days of the consignment being exported from Australia.

Refer to the departure date and inspection date in the Request for Permit.

The fruit should be securely packaged in cardboard or plastic boxes.

If fruit is exported in wooden bins, the bins are to be ISPM15 compliant.

Consignments must be transported to Sri Lanka by sea freight under cold storage at a temperature of 0.0 degrees Celsius to 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Fruit produced and sourced from within areas free from the following fruit flies can be exported without treatment. The fruit flies of concern are:
  • Anastrepha spp
  • Ceratatis spp
  • Rhagoletis spp
  • Bactrocera jarvisi
  • Bactrocera musae
  • Bactrocera neohumeralis
  • Bactrocera papayae
  • Bactrocera philippinensis
  • Bactrocera tryoni
Fruit flies of the genera are known not to occur in Australia:
  • Anastrepha spp
  • Rhagoletis spp
  • Papaya fruit fly (Bactrocera papayae) 
  • Fruit fly (Bactrocera philippinensis)
The pest free areas (PFA) for Ceratatis spp, Bactrocera jarvisi, Bactrocera musae, Bactrocera neohumeralis and Bactrocera tryoni are:
  • Tasmania
  • The Riverland region of South Australia
Fruit produced or sourced from areas which are not a PFA, or from areas where there is an incursion of fruit flies (other than Bactrocera musae) may be imported into Sri Lanka subject to either on-shore cold treatment or in-transit cold treatment.

Treated fruit must be transferred to the ship in a manner which precludes fruit fly infestation.

Explanation of the endorsements:

Endorsement 1753:
applies to fruit produced / sourced in fruit fly PFAs.

Endorsement 2336:
applies to fruit produced / sourced in fruit fly PFAs where there is a Banana fruit fly (Bactrocera musae) incursion;
Endorsement 1418:
applies to fruit produced / sourced in non-fruit fly PFAs and subject to in-transit cold treatment.
 
Endorsement 5797: 
applies to fruit produced / sourced in non-fruit fly PFAs and subject to onshore cold treatment.

Treatment

Cold treatment options
Cold treatment can be applied onshore or intransit.
Fruit produced / sourced from areas which are not free from:
  • Ceratitis spp
  • Bactrocera jarvisi
  • Bactrocera musae
  • Bactrocera neohumeralis 
  • Bactrocera tryoni 
 
Must undergo cold treatment under one of the following schedules:
Cold treatment schedules:
  • below 0.0 degrees Celsius for 14 consecutive days, 
OR
  • 0.55 degrees Celsius for 18 consecutive days,
OR
  • 1.1 degrees celsius for 20 consecutie days,
OR
  • 2.2 degrees Celsius for 22 consecutive days. 
Consignments treated onshore must be accompanied by an onshore cold treatment certificate and the treatment details must be recorded on the phytosanitary certificate.

Additional Declaration/Endorsements

​Option 1 (EXDOC Endorsement 1753)
1) Fruit flies of the genera Anastrepha spp, Rhagoletis spp, Bactrocera papayae and Bactrocera philippinensis are known not to occur in Australia.
2) The fruit has been produced and packed in an area free from Ceratitis spp, Bactrocera jarvisi, Bactrocera musae, Bactrocera neohumeralis and Bactrocera tryoni as verified by official surveys.
3) The transfer of fruit to the ship was made in a manner to preclude infestation en route.

Option 2 (EXDOC Endorsement 2336)
1) Fruit flies of the genera Anastrepha spp, Rhagoletis spp, Bactrocera papayae and Bactrocera philippinensis are known not to occur in Australia.
2) The fruit has been produced and packed in an area free from Ceratitis spp, Bactrocera jarvisi, Bactrocera neohumeralis and Bactrocera tryoni as verified by official surveys.
3) The fruit was transferred to the ship in a manner to preclude infestation en route.

Option 3 (EXDOC Endorsement 1418)
1) Subject to in-transit cold disinfestation.
Option 4 (EXDOC Endorsement 5797)
1) The fruit was subject to onshore cold treatment. 
2) The fruit was transferred to the ship in a manner to preclude infestation en route.

Reference

Import permit dated 01 March 2021

Latest updates

22/04/2021 - Update to General Requirements - ICR list amended.

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Reviewed Uploaded: 22/04/2021