2018-01 - Horticulture Exports Program – Trade can commence under new and amended protocols for the export of cherries, nectarines, apricots, plums, peaches, table grapes and citrus to China

12 January 2018

Purpose

The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the horticulture industry that trade can now commence under the new and improved protocols for Australian cherries, nectarines, apricots, plums, peaches, table grapes and citrus to China.

Summary of changes and key points

The MICoR cases, work plans (where applicable) and protocols for cherries, nectarines, apricots, plums, peaches and table grapes are available on MICoR.

The protocol for citrus is available on MICoR. The MICoR case and work plan for citrus will be uploaded prior to the commencement of the 2018 citrus season.

Only approved entities may commence exports to China under the new protocol conditions. Registration for the export of cherries, nectarines, apricots, plums, peaches, table grapes and citrus to China for the 2017/2018 season have closed. No new applications will be accepted.

For further information regarding export-approval of growers, packhouses and treatment facilities refer to IAN 2017-58.

Background

In November 2017, China released new protocol agreements for various horticulture commodities.

To minimise the impost on industry, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has taken steps to ensure the new protocol conditions are consistent with current established practices.

Exporter responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the exporter to meet the requirements of the new protocol conditions. To access protocols and work plans, you must be a registered MICoR Plants user and apply for access to the relevant commodity/country combination.

Contact information

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

Ms Vikki Fischer
A/g Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch