Importing fruit and vegetables to Western Australia (including nuts and dried fruit)

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Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment. This allows our primary producers easy access to worldwide markets. Many fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and nuts can carry pests and diseases that pose a risk to WA.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's Quarantine WA service enforces strict biosecurity legislation, so please check for any restrictions that may apply before importing to WA. It may help avoid a costly fine or even prosecution.

In order for organisms and potential carriers (which includes all fresh and dried fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs and nuts) to be allowed entry into WA, there are certain requirements that must be met.

First you must determine that the organism is listed as permitted on the Western Australian Organism List (WAOL)

Once you have determined that the organism is listed as permitted you will need to check the Quarantine WA Import Requirements Search for any conditions of entry relating to that product.

In most instances fresh fruit and vegetables will require certain treatments and certification issued by the exporting state's quarantine body, or by a business that operates under an approved certification scheme. The costs for treatments and/or certification are usually prohibitive for private consignments of produce. Apart from a few items, most uncertified fruit and vegetables will not be allowed entry into WA. For more details on fruit and vegetables that may be allowed entry upon inspection please see Information for Private Travellers.

All imported fruit and vegetables must be presented to Quarantine WA for inspection. Private travellers should declare all items to an inspector immediately upon arrival at a checkpoint. Commercial transporters and importers should declare 24 hours prior to arrival at a checkpoint by lodging a Notice of Intent to import, which can be downloaded from this page. Penalties including fines or even prosecution may be applied or non–compliance.

Quarantine WA inspectors will carry out visual inspections of fruit and vegetables for pests and disease, and will also verify certification to ensure all conditions of entry have been met. Fees and charges are  generally applied to all inspections by Quarantine WA. Private travellers at checkpoints (Eucla, Kununurra and Perth Airport) will not pay inspection fees.

Importers are also reminded that it is ultimately their responsibility to ensure that all of their fruit and vegetables are declared and presented to Quarantine WA for inspection. Penalties may be applied for non-compliance.

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Quarantine WA Imports