2017-29 - Horticulture Exports Program – Export of table grapes to China, Japan, Korea and Thailand

​​​​10 August 2017

Purpose

The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the table grape industry that the online export registration system will be open from 21 August until 2 October 2017 for growers and packers to apply for export to China, Japan, Korea and Thailand in 2018.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Crop monitor training and assessment is now being delivered online. Crop monitors must complete training and assessment by 22 September 2017 to be eligible to conduct crop monitoring for protocol markets.
  • Growers and packers must complete their application forms through the table grape export registration system.
  • Treatment providers must contact the Horticulture Exports Program (HEP) directly to apply for exports to these markets.
  • Grower, packhouse and treatment provider applications will close on 2 October 2017 close of business.
  • Audits will commence on 13 November 2017.
  • The relevant table grape work plans and/or protocols are available in the ‘Documents’ section of the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR).

Background

The table below outlines which entities require approval for exporting table grapes to China, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

 

Protocol market

Entity

China

Japan

Korea

Thailand

Grower/vineyard

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N/A

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Packhouse

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N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

Treatment facility

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* Export-approval is not required if product is packed in-field.

Crop monitor training

Crop monitor training for table grapes will no longer be delivered at the annual pre-season workshops. Training and assessment is now being delivered online through the Tocal College online eLearning hub.

Only crop monitors who have completed the online training and passed the assessment are eligible to conduct crop monitoring for protocol markets.

  • The online crop monitor training for table grapes will open on 9 August 2017.
  • The assessment quiz closes on 22 September 2017— applicants cannot complete assessments after this date.
  • The eLearning course content will remain accessible through to July 2018.

Exporter responsibilities

Growers, packhouses and treatment facilities applying for export approval will be audited by the department to ensure compliance with the relevant protocols and work plans. Some entities may be audited by the importing country authority.

Audits will commence from 13 November 2017. Applicants must be available during this time and have the following records available at the time of audit, where applicable:

Growers

Packhouses

Treatment facilities

  • crop monitoring
  • spray records
  • control measures
  • orchard hygiene
  • farm diary
  • traceability
  • staff training
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • list of approved growers intending to
    pack for during the season
  • traceability
  • staff training
  • hygiene
  • treatment providers must contact HEP directly

 

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the table grape export registration system please email: jscott@atga.net.au.

If you are a treatment provider applying for export to China, Japan, Korea and Thailand please email the Horticulture Exports Program.

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email: Horticulture Exports Program.

Mr David Ironside
Acting Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch