Plant Quarantine Services

 

INTRODUCTION:The Plant Quarantine Unit of the the Department of Agriculture is responsible for the prevention of the introduction of dangerous pests and diseases which are harmful to the agriculture industry. This regulation is provided under the II CHAPTER 43, AGRICULTURAL PESTS AND NOXIOUS PLANTS ACT " Section 24 (1) (F)Revised edition 1984

OBJECTIVES: To prevent the introduction of exotic pests and diseases of plants in line with the International Regulations by prohibition, restriction or regulating of the movement of plant products & plant materials such as living plants, seeds for planting, bulbs, rhizomes, fresh fruits and vegetables, weeds, organic fertilizer and other living organisms.

ENFORCEMENT: For prevention and prohibition of dangerous pests and diseases. ALL plants and planting materials imported into Brunei Darussalam are subjected to regulation as follows:

  1. PROHIBITION of importation of plant pests and diseases declared dangerous to agriculture.;
  2. PROHIBITION of importation of ALL host plants to the dangerous pests and diseases;
  3. PROHIBITION of importation of specific plant or plants materials of which plant diseases are known to be endemic in the country of origin.;
  4. TREATMENTS of plants and plant materials must be carried out in the country of origin prior to importation;
  5. All plants and plant materials will be subjected to INSPECTION on arrival;
  6. All plants and plant materials SUSPECTED or FOUND to be infested with pests or diseases will be treated or destroyed;
    (REMINDER: All plants or plant materials treated in the country of origin may not necessarily be free from pests and diseases. Reinfestation may occur during transportation)

IMPORT PROCEDURES

The present CHAPTER 43, AGRICULTURAL PESTSAND NOXIOUS PLANTS ACT Section 24 (1) (F) Revised edition 1984 requires ALL imported plants and plant materials including fruits and vegetables to have:

  • REGISTRATION OF IMPORTERS
  • IMPORT PERMITS
  • PLANT PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES

REGISTRATION OF IMPORTERS. This only applies to commercial importers of plant materials and plant products. The Importers have to be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. Once registered, application for import permit can be submitted

IMPORT PERMITS are issued by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, to indicate the TYPE and QUANTITY of plants or plant materials permitted for entry into Brunei Darussalam. With TERMS and CONDITIONS for such permits. The time required for the issuance of Import Permits is 3 working days. Any importation of plants or materials without an Import Permit will be confiscated, destroyed, or returned to the sender, and the importer may be prosecuted under the provisions of the above-mentioned enactment.

PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES are issued by the legal issuing authority of the country of origin, certifying the state of health of the plants and treatments given in the country of origin. Phytosanitary Certificates are valid for 14 DAYS from the date of issue.

The Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources also issues Phytosanitary Certificates for EXPORTof plants and planting materials. Intending exporters are advised to obtain IMPORT PERMITS from the importing country. Import of plants and planting materials WITHOUT this certificate will be detained for inspection and treatment. The costs of treatment will be borne by the importers.

PARTICULARS OF IMPORTER

A. Import of Vegetables and Fruits Originated from Sabah and Sarawak

The importer must complete a prescribed form and disclose informations on

  1. Description of the imported items and amount
  2. The name and address of the source of supply
  3. All documents must be in original copies

Mode of Delivery :

All vegetables and fruits destined to Brunei Darussalam must have valid ndentification tags issued by the FAMA of Malaysia and appropriately packed. The tags and packages must have the following information.

A. Information on The Identification Tags

  • Serial number
  • Farmer's name or code
  • Type of vegetables
  • Net weight
  • Exporters's name of code
  • Date of package

The Following Are Deemed as Appropriate Packaging:

  • Packaging should be in cardboard boxes, plastic baskets, or other similarly suitable containers.
  • Different types of vegetables are packed separately. Each package should not exceed 30 kg.
  • Use plastic or paper material for protection layers and covers, but planting materials are not permissible.

B. Import of Vegetables and Fruits from Other Countries
The importer must complete a prescribed form and disclose information on :

  • Description of the import items and amount.
  • The name and address of the source of supply.
  • All documents must be in original copies.

All vegetables and fruits destined to Brunei Darussalam must be appropriately packaged, stated on the package information on name and address of the supplier.

ENTRY POINTS

The points of entry for import must be stated. Importer must produce all relevant documents for inspections at the entry point. The relevant documents include:

  1. Import Permit issued by the Department ofAgriculture .
  2. Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the country of export.
  3. All vegetables and fruits must be appropriately packed, with identification tags that contain informations written in the Import Permit

Vegetables and fruits will be subjected to inspections by the Custom and Excise Department and the Department of Agriculture at the point of entry.

The Department of Agriculture may take samples of vegetables and fruits for chemical analysis.

Permission for entry will only be granted upon satisfactory outcome of inspections.

SERVICES CHARGES

Fees charged for services rendered such as issuance of Plant Import Permits and Phytosanitary Certificates, disinfection and treatment will be borne by the importers.

ISSUING AUTHORITY FOR IMPORT PERMITS AND PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES:

Plant Quarantine Unit
Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
Old Airport
Bandar Seri Begawan BB3510
Negara Brunei Darussalam

INCONTRAVENTION OF THE RULES

The Department of Agriculture, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE CAP 43, Agricultural Pests and Noxious Plants Act, has the right to detain and inspect all plants and plant materials on arrival.

Any import of plants and plant materials found to be in contravention of Plant Quarantine Rules will be confiscated and destroyed without compensation or returned to the country of origin at the importer's own expense. The importer will also be subjected to prosecution.

The Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources will not be responsiblefor damage and loss of plants and plant materials during inspection, detention, disinfection or treatment at the Post Entry Quarantine.

ADVICE

If you plan to go for a holiday and INTEND TO bring back:

Fruits
Vegetables
Plant seeds for planting
Plant cutting for nursery stock
Ornamental plants
Marcotted and grafted plants
Living plant materials
Insects and live organisms
Organic fertilizer
PLEASE CONSULT AND ASK FOR ADVICE FROM ;-
Plant Quarantine Unit
Agriculture Headquarters
Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources BB 3510
Old Airport, Berakas
Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Tel: +6732388000
Fax: +6732382226