The International Cargo Cooperative Biosecurity Arrangement (ICCBA) is a voluntary, non-binding multilateral arrangement that provides national biosecurity agencies, with a platform for collaborating on biosecurity initiatives.
The ICCBA aims to provide rigor around the operational implementation and management of biosecurity policies that are developed by bodies such as the International Plant Protection Convention. Current interests focus mainly on the development of treatment methodologies and their verification; however, there is potential for future expansion to include inspection and other biosecurity assurance activities.
By providing a collaborative platform, the ICCBA encourages international cooperation on the harmonisation and verification of international biosecurity activities and processes.
The current membership includes representation from 11 countries, with a further 10 biosecurity agencies investigating future membership.
The ICBBA comprises an overarching arrangement which promotes communication and collaboration between member agencies. Participation is entirely voluntary, creates no legal obligation and does not commit countries to any specific biosecurity or trade policy or process.
Participation in the ICCBA does however, provide countries with the option of signing onto separate schedules, which sit under the arrangement, that cover specific biosecurity measures. Countries participating in these schedules agree to a set of administrative and technical requirements and obligations, which are then acknowledged and reciprocated by all signatories. The multilateral nature of ICCBA enables participants to accrue and share benefits with a whole community of member agencies.
Representing Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic
International Regional Organisation for Plant and Animal Health – OIRSA
20 June 2013
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
23 July 2013
Biosecurity Authority of Fiji
13 September 2013
National Agrarian Health Service
30 September 2013
Bureau of Plant Industry
07 November 2013
Department of Agriculture Plant Biosecurity Division
11 March 2014
Papua New Guinea
National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority
21 March 2014
Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency
7 July 2014
Ministry for Primary Industries
12 August 2014
Thai Department of Agriculture
28 September 2016
Agricultural and Livestock Service
12 October 2016