2019-25 - Horticulture Exports Program – Application for accreditation of farms and packhouses for the export of cherries to protocol markets

14 June 2019

Purpose

The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry that applications are now open for the accreditation of farms and packhouses to export cherries to protocol markets for the 2019–20 season.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Applications are now open for farms and packhouses intending to export cherries to China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Korea for the 2019–20 season.
  • Applicants must submit their completed application to the relevant industry body, as per the instructions in the forms below.
  • Applications to export cherries from:
    • Mainland Australia, are due by 5 pm AEST, Wednesday, 31 July 2019
    • Tasmania, are due by 5 pm AEST, Friday, 23 August 2019.
  • Farms and packhouses will be subject to audits by the Department of Agriculture.
  • Crop monitor training and assessment for cherries is available through online eLearning hub.
  • Treatment facilities will be notified of accreditation application due dates and requirements via an IAN, in due course.

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Application form for plant export accreditation of farms PDF 4373 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of farms DOCX 467 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of packhouses PDF 3367 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of packhouses DOCX 366 KB

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Specific market requirements

Export pathways for cherry protocol markets are:

  • China – area freedom, cold treatment and fumigation
  • Taiwan – area freedom and cold treatment
  • Thailand – area freedom and cold treatment
  • Japan (Tasmania only) – area freedom
  • Korea (Tasmania only) – area freedom.

Further details on specific market requirements are available in the relevant work plans and protocols on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) Plants website. To access these documents, you must register as a MICoR Plants user.

Background

  • Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce.
  • Farms and packhouses intending to export cherries to China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Korea must be accredited by the department, prior to export.

Accredited property responsibilities

  • Farms and packhouses must apply for accreditation annually (unless otherwise advised).
  • Farms may divide their orchard into blocks. Each block must be clearly identified on the application form and on the farm map by its physical address or geographic co-ordinates.
  • All new applicants must be available for pre-accreditation audits by the department, to ensure compliance with the relevant protocol and departmental requirements.
  • Existing accredited properties will be subject to an audit either pre or mid-season.
  • The department can only accredit an entity for export if all protocol requirements are met.
  • Requirements for accredited properties including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards, can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual.

Crop monitor training

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 cherries is now open via the Tocal College online eLearning hub

  • The assessment quiz for Mainland only closes on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.
  • The assessment quiz for Tasmania only closes on Friday, 23 August 2019.
  • The eLearning course content will remain accessible through to March 2020.

Contact information

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

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch