Biosecurity and Trade

Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analyzing and managing relevant risks to human, animal and plant life and health and associated risks to the environment. Interest in biosecurity has risen considerably over the last decade in parallel with increasing trade in food, plant and animal products, more international travel, new outbreaks of transboundary disease affecting animals, plants and people, heightened awareness of biological diversity and greater attention to the environment and the impact of agriculture on environmental sustainability.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTSs) need to position themselves to take advantage of trading opportunities, while protecting their natural resource base from potential risks.
SPC publishes Biosecurity Manual for Handicrafts
Monday, 14 March 2016 12:46

BIOSECURITY MANUAL FOR HANDICRAFTSRequirements for trade and movement of handicrafts in the Pacific Island Region and beyond” has been published.

This manual is produced by the Biosecurity and Trade Division of LRD and has been an outcome of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation. It was made possible by the AusAid funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program. The main objective of the manual is to provide stakeholders with all the regulations guiding the movement of handicrafts in the region in one easy to use handbook.

Often there are problems in finding out the requirements for a particular handicraft when taking it to another country however this handicraft manual is the solution to this.

This manual aims to provide all the biosecurity requirements for the movement of handicrafts from one country to another in the Pacific Region. Often there are strict biosecurity regulations and laws guiding the trade of handicrafts because many materials of plants and animal origin may be associated with a particular handicraft and thus poses a biosecurity risk. Travellers or exporters however do not have the information on the importing countries regulations and thus items are being confiscated or destroyed. This manual aims to reach information out as widely as possible so that the movement of handicrafts can take place without much difficulty. This manual is aimed at all levels such as quarantine, exporters, retailers, cultural producers, Travellers and others so that the trade of handicrafts is smoothened. This manual lists the biosecurity requirements for each country and is designed for easy referencing.

This manual is also very timely as we approach the 12th Festival of the Pacific Arts which will be held in Guam this year. This is an event where people gather in from the Pacific Countries into Guam to showcase their art and culture. With the people, a high number and range of articles is being moved across the borders and there is always a risk of moving harmful pests and diseases. This handicraft manual aims to address these concerns through a collective regulation from all Pacific countries into one document.

SPC aims to ensure improved food, nutrition and income security through its programs and provides a sustainable development of cultural and natural resourced in the region. SPC’s Land resource Division and Social Development Division and other stakeholders with their technical expertise has worked hand in hand to produce such a manual, which is a fine example of the commitment towards health, security and livelihoods of the people.

Please contact LRD Biosecurity for more information.