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Country: Japan

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Protocol last negotiated

11 December 2009

Health certification

ANIMAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR HONEY-BEES TO BE EXPORTED TO JAPAN FROM AUSTRALIA

The animal health requirements for honey-bees to be exported from Australia to Japan (hereinafter referred to as "the exported honey-bees") are applied as follows.

1. The exported honey-bees are limited to queen bee units composed of one (1) queen bee and up to ten (10) escorts.

2. American foulbrood, European foulbrood, Varrosis, Chalkbrood, and Acariosis are designated as the notifiable diseases in Australia.

3. Permanent official sanitary surveillance of apiary must be under the animal health authorities of Australia and should be performed either by the animal health authorities of Australia or by representatives of an organization approved by the animal health authorities of Australia.

4. The place where the exported honey-bees are born and/or raised (hereinafter referred to as "the apiary") is approved for export purpose by the animal health authorities of Australia.

5. No case of Varrosis has been reported for at least two (2) years prior to the export to Japan within a radius of fifty (50) kilometers from the apiary.

6. No case of American foulbrood, European foulbrood, Chalkbrood, or Acariosis has been reported for at least eight (8) months prior to the export to Japan within a radius of five (5) kilometers from the apiary.

7. The exported honey-bees must originate from apiaries which are clinically inspected for Nosemosis, American foulbrood and European foulbrood within 30 days prior to export by the animal health authorities of Australia. After these inspections, the exported honey-bees shall not have contact with any other honey-bees or brood-comb which are not same health status as the exported honey-bees. Date, methods and results of examination:

8. For Nosema one of following requirements shall be satisfied;

(1) a) No case of Nosemosis has been reported for at least eight (8) months prior to the export to Japan within a radius of five (5) kilometers from the apiary, and b) The exported honey-bees shall be originated from apiaries which are clinically inspected for Nosemosis within 30 days prior to export by the animal health authorities of Australia. Date, methods and results of examination:

OR

(2) The exported queen honey-bees shall be originated from an apiary that has been treated against nosemosis no less than four (4) weeks prior to export with the authorized active ingredient FUMAGILIN approved by the animal health authorities of Australia and tested free of nosemosis by microscopy smear test in accordance with the OIE terrestrial manual. The escorts shall originate from the apiaries tested free of nosemosis by microscopy smear test in accordance with the OIE terrestrial manual within 30 days prior to export by the animal health authorities of the exporting country. After these examinations, the exported honey-bees shall be not in contact with any other honey-bees or brood combs which are not the same health status as the exported honey-bees. Date, methods and results of examination:

OR

(3) The exported honey-bees shall originate from an apiary that was tested negative for Nosemosis by microscopy smear test in accordance with the OIE terrestrial manual by the animal health authorities of Australia within 30 days prior to export. After these examinations, the exported honey-bees shall not have been in contact with any other honey-bees or brood-combs which are not same health status as the exported honey-bee. Date, methods and results of examination:

9. The exported honey-bees shall originate from apiaries which were inspected within 30 days prior to shipment to Japan and were free from any clinical evidence of contagious disease of honey-bees (including any parasitosis) as a result of inspection conducted by the animal health authorities of Australia before packing. Date and place of inspection:

10. The exported honey-bees must be certified as having no signs of any infectious disease through the careful clinical inspections conducted by the animal health authorities of Australia at the time of packing or shipment to Japan. Date and place of inspection:

11. The containers and equipments to be used for transportation of the exported honey-bees shall be new.

12. The containers shall have structures to prevent the exported honey-bees from escaping, and to make it possible to observe them from outside and to take specimens for examinations. In case the structure is not possible to allow for neither external observation nor sample collection, the animal health authorities of Australia shall supply a sample of bees in another small container, which are collected from the same origin group as the exported honey-bees. The containers shall be marked in a way to identify the group. Mark used:

13. During the preparation for export and at the time of shipment, the exported honey-bees have not been in contact with other bees, brood-comb or bee products that are not the same health status.

14. The animal health authorities of Australia are responsible for issuing the inspection certificate for the exported honey-bees, stating each of the following items in English in detail.

(1) Each requirement of items 1 to 11 and 13.

(2) Date, methods and results of each examination in item 7 and 8.

(3) Name and address of the apiary.

(4) Mark mentioned in item 12.

(5) Breed of honey-bees and number of units.

(6) Name and address of consignor and consignee.

(7) Date and place of inspection mentioned in item 9 and 10.

(8) Name and signature of the government authority who have responsibility for issuing the inspection certificate.

15. Animal Quarantine Services of Japan can require submitting some of the exported-bees for examination as needed during the quarantine period in Japan. Aside from the above-mentioned items of the said animal health requirements, in case any contagious disease is detected during the quarantine period in Japan, the return or dispoal of the said honey-bees may be ordered by Animal Quarantine Service of Japan.

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