On 30 March 2021, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) will introduce an import permit requirement for the following apiaceous seed species imported for human consumption and sowing purposes:
− Anthriscus cerefolium (chervil)
− Apium graveolens (celery)
− Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
− Pastinaca sativa (parsnip)
− Petroselinum crispum (parsley)
An import permit is being introduced for the above species as they require specific phytosanitary import requirements to manage the seed-borne disease risk on the pathway.
The new requirement will apply to all synonyms and sub-ordinate taxa of the above species. The department will not facilitate the clearance of goods that require an import permit but arrive without one.
Consignments that arrive on or after 30 March 2021 without an import permit, including scenarios where an application is currently under consideration, will be directed for export or destroyed in an approved manner. Consignments that arrive in Australian territory prior to 30 March 2021 will be permitted entry without an import permit.