Tomato-potato psyllid interstate trade/market access information

Tomato-potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) is a tiny sap-sucking insect which has significant implications for vegetable production and market access.

New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria have applied varying interstate movement conditions to fruit, vegetables, nursery stock, cut flowers and plants, and used machinery and equipment from WA.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is continuing to work with local and national industry bodies, and other jurisdictions to facilitate interstate trade.

Since the detection of tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has been working with industry and other jurisdictions plant quaranitine regulators to facilitate interstate trade and regain market access for commodities.

The psyllid is a known carrier of the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso), (which causes ‘zebra chip’ disease in potatoes). When the psyllid and CLso exist together, this is referred to as a ‘complex’. There have been no detection of the bacteria at this time.

This page focuses on information relating to interstate market access for Western Australian produce subject to interstate movement conditions for TPP or CLso. For more general information, please visit the TPP webpage.

Interstate movement conditions

Australia’s states and territories can apply movement conditions to material that could pose a quarantine risk to their jurisdiction. These conditions may apply to the movement of fruit, vegetables, nursery stock, flowers, plants, and seeds, or other risk pathways such as soil, timber, vehicles and machinery.

Movement conditions are applied to manage the quarantine risk of any pests and diseases that may be present on the produce. They can include specified treatments (e.g. washing procedures or chemical treatments), inspection of produce, state or area freedom certification, or other requirements. If a suitable treatment is not available, produce may be prohibited entry into that state or territory.

Interstate movement conditions—also called quarantine conditions or requirements, or entry conditions or requirements—are set by the jurisdiction that is receiving the goods. For example, the South Australian government sets the movement conditions for the entry of produce being sent to South Australia.

The department has a dedicated market access team that is working towards improved market access for Western Australian industries affected by the TPP incursion.

Check movement conditions

When exporting quarantine risk material to another state or territory, it is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure they have met the movement conditions of the jurisdiction they are exporting to. If you intend to move produce into more than one state or territory, you must check the movement conditions for each.

How you do it

Check to find out what movement conditions apply to your produce either by:

Industry contacts for growers


Phone: 08 9481 0834


Potato Growers Association of WA
Phone: (08) 9481 0834


Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia

Matthew Lunn, Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 0410 714 207


Page last updated: Monday, 27 November 2017 - 2:35pm