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Category: Uncategorised Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 Written by Super User

Awareness Section

Carry out day to day public awareness issues, to enhance the information that is put across to various target groups to ensure maximum level of compliance to Quarantine. Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Improve consultation and public awareness systems with stakeholders

Prepare Quarantine Awareness and training materials and safeguarding

General public relations, education and promotion of Quarantine

Gather information for dissemination on the website and media

Conduct survey and monitor compliance levels rating awareness to the general public

 

Pesticides Section

To register, regulate and monitor all imported pesticides on its sale, safe use and distribution within Samoa. Enforcement of the Pesticides Regulation 2011 and ensures only high quality pesticides enters Samoa. The Pesticide Registrar is responsible for:

Process all applications/requests for registration of pesticides in accordance to the Pesticides Regulation2011

Research and advise the Pesticides Technical Committee (PTC) on most effective and environmentally safe pesticides for registration in Samoa

Secretary to the Pesticide Technical Committee

Liase with other Government Ministries /Corporations and NGOs on matters relating to the control, importation, transport, storage, sale and safe use of pesticides

Conduct field and laboratory tests on pesticides as requested by the PTC

Implement and maintain licensing system for specific pesticides (Eg: Paraquat Gramaxone)

Develop and Implement a register of pesticides approved for introduction to Samoa

Prepare and issue import permits for approved pesticides

Pesticides can be defined to generally include products used for pest, weed and disease control in agriculture, horticulture, public health, stored products, wood and wood products, as well as those used on animals to control external pests and on plants to regulate growth or fruit maturity.

*Please be aware that mosquito coils and mortein are categorized as household pesticides, so they also apply for an import permit for its importation. Brining in any types of pesticides without going through the proper procedure will result in your item to be seized and destroyed.

 

Regulatory Section

Plans, manages, controls, integrates and evaluates the service activities of the Regulatory section which involves:

Fumigation Treatment – Dis-infestation treatment for export certification using Methyl Bromide chemical, and also for import commodities as required

Waterblasting – Dis-infestation treatment for vehicles and machineries and car parts

Garbage Collection – Garbage disposal from international aircrafts and ships and other risk sources

Incineration – Destruction of non-compliance agricultural commodities or seized items from various ports of entry at the incinerator

Export Certification – Issue of the Phytosanitary and/or Zoosanitary Certificate after inspection and necessary treatment

Surveillance and Monitoring – Post Entry Quarantine inspection and audit of approved facility for packhouse and export facilities

Site and Report – Interception of pests or disease surveillance and database entry for pest list, virtual collection and manage pest samples

 

Seaport Section

Daily collection of data from various incoming vessels on the type of imports and required processes that take place, as well as entering into the Database system. Receive vessel clearance schedule advice and undertake remedial action for process that will take place or treatment.

Responsible for clearance carried out at the Apia Post Office, clearance of incoming vessels at allocated wharves, inspection and clearance at the various depots, and inspection and clearance at the Fagalii airport.

For all incoming consignments via the wharf, it is the Importer’s Responsibility to:

Provide Bill of Lading Document

Packing List if consignments comes in a container

Certification, if necessary, for Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Plant Products, Animal and Animal Products, Stock feed, Timber And Timber Packaging Material, Livestock feed, Poultry

 

Technical Policy Section

This section is involved in carrying out Import Risk Analysis (IRAs) for all new imports as well as reviewing current Available Import Permits. Conduct research on International Health Standards for approved imports, and assist in the implementation of policy advice and develop contact information on market access status with other importing and exporting countries.

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