The Department of Agriculture, Water and Resources has reminded the apple and pear industry that it is the responsibility of exporters to know their requirements and obligations when preparing for export — it’s important to ensure all registrations and certifications are up to date.
Authorised crop monitors
A reminder to exporters that it is their responsibility to ensure that authorised crop monitors are working and fulfilling their responsibilities as per the protocols and at the correct time. There has been a number of incidents recently where crop monitors have fallen short of the requirements and this has become apparent at the time of audit — and has the potential to stop exports from the affected facilities. The program is currently working to develop a policy document on the role of crop monitors which will form part of the training. The online crop monitor training courses have been finalised for mangoes, cherries and table grapes. The remaining courses for lychees and apples and pears are being reviewed prior to pilot. The Horticulture Exports Program anticipates that the remaining courses will be finalised by the end of the year 2016.
Grower, packhouse and treatment facility audits
It is the responsibility of each entity to be fully across the protocol/work plan for their commodity if they are going to be part of the export program and have a sound knowledge of the importing country requirements. This is something that each grower/exporter signs to acknowledge when they register to be export approved.
The department reviews work plans on a regular basis every couple of years, or when there is significant changes to importing country requirements or treatment requirements, but updates can be made ad hoc if they are brought to the attention of the program. It is however the responsibility of each entity to make sure they are using the most recent versions of these documents as conditions do change.
Some useful links;
- MICOR – Manual of Importing Country Requirements:
- Exporting plant and plant products – all information from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Apply to become a registered establishment and/or engage an Authorised Officer
Industry Advice Notices (IAN’s)
It is important that all exporting entities register for these notifications. This season we have received a number late applications for protocol registration and creates potential delays in export timing. The program aims to assist as many entities as possible contribute to the export pathway, but they need to take the deadlines seriously as they risk delaying export for the rest of their industry.
Register online to export to Thailand in 2017
Apple and/or pear growers and exporters from mainland Australia wanting to export fruit to Thailand in 2017 must register online to export to Thailand. Registrations close Friday, 18 November.
For more information or assistance from APAL contact APAL : email@example.com or 03 9329 3511.