Plants and quarantine

Interstate Certification Assurance

Mango shoot looper

Mango shoot looper (MSL) has been detected in the Darwin rural area. It is an exotic moth species.

If you think you have seen MSL in the Northern Territory, call 1800 084 881.

Read more about MSL.

If you export fruit or vegetables from the Northern Territory (NT) you must apply for Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA).

ICA is a nationally recognised plant health certification system. Your ICA allows you to export produce knowing it has met strict quarantine guidelines before arriving interstate.

How ICA works

ICA is based on operational procedures developed with industry and interstate quarantine authorities.

It allows you to move you produce interstate without the need for quarantine checks.

To become accredited you must show your business has effective in-house procedures in place that meet interstate quarantine rules.

How to apply

To apply for ICA accreditation you must fill in an application PDF (40.0 KB).

If you want accreditation to export more than one item you must fill in a separate form.

Get your businesses assessed

When you are being assessed for ICA accreditation a plant biosecurity officer will look at:

  • the scope of the procedure, including pests, products and locations
  • what quarantine requirements have to be met
  • the responsibilities of staff involved in managing the ICA system
  • design features including your business's standards for inspection and treatment
  • what process controls must be put in placed
  • your record keeping

Once you have been accredited, plant biosecurity officers will make regular visits to make sure your business continues to meet ICA standards.

For more information go to the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.

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Last updated: 13 April 2022

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