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Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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Food stuffs

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Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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Samoa has a bountiful supply of good foods and also imports a wide variety of foods from all over the world. Samoan people are great travelers and part of the culture is to bring/or take food as a gift when travelling. Many foodstuffs brought into Samoa do not present a biosecurity risk, however there are some that will - or that could harbor pests that would be a serious threat to our economy and environment.

We do not encourage travelers to bring foodstuffs here but recognize that it may be an important part of the trip. We do encourage travellers to declare what they have so that the Quarantine Officer can decide on the biosecurity risk status of the item.

Examples of Foodstuffs that require inspection include;
- Meat, and meat products (salami, beef jerky, chinese
   sausage)
- Fruit and vegetables
- Honey and honey products
- Dried edible plant products
- Eggs
 
Always declare these items, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some items may be prohibited entry, and others may require treatment before entry can be allowed.

Animal Products

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The term animal products cover a wide range of items that have been manufactured from, or contain, parts of animals (hair, skin, bone, feathers).
Some of these products may be prohibited or restricted because they are either still capable of carrying disease, or can harborinsect pests.

Examples of Animal Products that require inspection include;
- Feather items
- Carvings with animal hair attached
- Eggs, for eating, or as painted souvenir
- Animal skins, drums or other musical instruments with a skin content
- Dog chews, dried pigs or cow ears
- Animal horns

Always declare these items, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some items may be prohibited entry, and others may require treatment before entry can be allowed.

Please be aware that there are severe penalties for non-declaration of risk items.

Plant Products

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The term plant products cover a wide range of items that have been manufactured from, or contain, parts of plants. Plant can mean anything from a pandanus fan, to a wooden table.
Some plant product items may have been purchased as a curio souvenir, or have been a gift from someone. Items manufactured from plant products may be carrying viable seeds, or could have been infested by insects or fungi. In all cases these items will need to be inspected by a Quarantine Officer who will make a decision on their entry status.  

Should the inspection determine that a seed contaminant is present it may require removal or heat treatment to make it safe for entry.

Should the inspection determine that an insect pest is present it may require fumigation, or in severe cases immediate destruction by incineration.

Examples of Plant Products that require inspection include;
- Wooden artifacts, carvings
- Christmas decorations (pine cones and wreaths)
- Dried flowers
- Straw, pandanus, cane, wicker ware and bamboo items Always declare these items, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice.
Some items may be prohibited entry, and others may require treatment before entry can be allowed.

Please be aware that there are severe penalties for non-declaration of risk items.

LIVE PLANTS

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Live plants (including plant cuttings, and some flowers) are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits, which cannot be applied for on arrival, will always have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.
Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.

 

Anyone wishing to import live plants, or propagatable material is advised to seek Import Permit advice well in advance of any proposed shipping date as, in some cases, extensive research will need to be undertaken to assess the potential risks associated with the entry of the plant (e.g. to assess any possible affects in the Samoan environment.)

Even after this extensive research permission to enter cannot be guaranteed.
Entry conditions may also include a period of "Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ)" time in an approved secure environment. At the present time there is only one approved PEQ site and that is at the Ministry of Agriculture's Research Facility at Nu'u.
Examples of some imported plants include;  Orchids, roses, carnations, palms.

Seeds are also capable of carrying pests and diseases.   As a general rule small quantities (up to three packets of same variety - or no more than 150 grams) of garden seeds for home use do not require a prior Permit to Import, however they must still be declared, and will be subject to inspection and clearance by a Quarantine Officer on arrival - in some cases seeds may be seized due to the risk of introducing an exotic pest or alien weed species.  All other importations of seeds are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits may have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.
Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.   Always declare seeds carried, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some seeds may be prohibited entry, and others may require some sort of treatment or special inspection/examination/isolation before entry can be allowed.

Bulbs are classed as live plants (in a dormant stage) and are also capable of carrying pests and diseases.  In some cases they are prohibited entry unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. These permits may have some pre-entry conditions attached, and in some cases post-entry conditions as well.

Entry conditions are described within Import Health Standards or can be sought via the Samoa Quarantine Service contacts.   Always declare plants and bulbs carried, and if in doubt ask a Quarantine Officer for advice. Some plants may be prohibited entry, and others may require some sort of treatment or special inspection/examination/isolation before entry can be allowed.

Please be aware that there are severe penalties for non-declaration of risk items.