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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 227


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

Will the Minister provide details of all breaches of import conditions applying to the commercial importation of uncanned salmonid product since new quarantine conditions came into effect on 1 June 2000, including, for each breach:

(a)   The date of importation;

(b)   The nature of the breach, including:

(i)   failure to provide an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) permit,

(ii)   failure to provide a completed official certificate issued by an AQIS recognised competent authority,

(iii)   failure to remove the head and gills, and

(iv)   any other reasons;

(c)   The salmonid species;

(d)   The country of export;

(e)   If not exported from the country of origin, the country that exported the salmonid product;

(f)   The product presentation and form; and

(g)   Action taken in response to the breach including, if applicable:

(i)   the suspension or revocation of the import permit, and

(ii)   the disposal or re-export of the salmonid product.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Records are maintained for those breaches that result in an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) compliance investigation. There have been two breaches which have resulted in compliance investigations since 1 June 2000.

(a)   March 2001 and March 2002.

(b)   Failure to provide an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) import permit.

(c)   This information is not available.

(d)   Russia and Vietnam.

(e)   This information is not available.

(f) (i)   Russia: uncanned, whole fresh salmon and uncanned, whole smoked salmon.

(ii)   Vietnam: uncanned, whole fresh salmon.

(g)   The importers were required to dispose of or re-export the salmonid products.