Fresh cut flowers are perishable commodities that can rapidly lose quality and vase life. Importers aim to get the imported produce into the market as quickly as possible. While recognising this commercial imperative, the department strives to ensure biosecurity risks associated with imports meet Australia’s appropriate level of protection before consignments are released from quarantine control. While this review identified some areas of possible improvement that should be addressed, it was considered that the department generally is managing relevant biosecurity risks in an appropriate manner.

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