Changes to seed importation

Please note that the Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions have changed and this does affect Clivia seeds that are imported to Australia from other countries. Review the changes below carefully and understand that seed imports that do not meet these requirements could potentially be seized or destroyed.

Seed arriving through the mail and as passenger baggage will need to be appropriately identified. This can be done by any of the following:

  • Commercial packaging and label with the full botanical name (genus and species).
  • Commercial invoice listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.1
  • A laboratory report listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.1
  • Commercial supplier’s declaration2listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.
  • Phytosanitary certificate listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.
  • International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) certificate listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.
  • Naktuinbouw Authorised Laboratories (NAL) certificate listing the full botanical name (genus and species) accompanying the seed.

This change is now in affect and will make it difficult for seed exchanges between Clivia enthusiasts in the future. Seed will either need to be from a commercial entity (commercial invoice, commercial supplier declaration or commercial packaging and label) or the seed must be inspected and certified (Phytosanitary Certificate, laboratory report, NAL certificate or ISTA certificate).

If you currently have seed in transit then it will be subject to these conditions.

For more information please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or imports@agriculture.gov.au

For more information on the alert, please refer to the BICON website:

https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ViewElement/Element/Alert?elementPk=815125

https://bicon.agriculture.gov.au/BiconWeb4.0/ViewElement/Element/Index?elementPk=810774&caseElementPk=817328

Feel free to phone Lisa Fox on 0417087667 if you wish to discuss any of the above.

UPDATE – Clarification of seed identification requirements for seed arriving by mail or accompanied baggage

This alert is to provide clarification of the import conditions for seed arriving through the mail or as passenger baggage.

  • If seed is not commercially packaged and labelled then one of the following documents listing the full botanical name must be provided:
    • Commercial invoice
    • Supplier’s declaration
    • Laboratory report
    • Phytosanitary certificate
    • Seed analysis certificate
    • ISTA Orange International Seed Lot Certificate
    • NAL quality certificate
  • Supplier’s declarations will be accepted from organisations or commercial entities. Supplier’s declarations must be presented on the organisation or business letterhead.

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