24 June 2021
This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry that applications are now open for the accreditation of farms and packhouses to export persimmons to Thailand in 2022.
- Applications are now open for the accreditation of farms and packhouses to export persimmons to Thailand in 2022.
- Only farms located in Queensland are eligible to apply under the protocol agreement.
- Farms and packhouses must complete the relevant application form/s below and submit to Audit and Assurance Group by 23 August 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted
- Crop monitors must complete the generic crop monitor course online through the Tocal College online eLearning hub by 1 October 2021 to be eligible to conduct crop monitoring for persimmons to Thailand.
- Farms and packhouses will be subject to audits by the department.
Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce. The protocol for exporting persimmons to Thailand mandates that farms and packhouses are accredited with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment prior to the beginning of the export season.
For specific market requirements, refer to the relevant protocol on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor) Plants. Work plans and protocols can be found in the ‘Documents’ section. To access these documents, you must be a registered Micor Plants user. To register for Micor go to the registration webpage, complete all fields and then click ‘Submit’. You will be provided with your login details by email.
Accredited property responsibilities – Farms and packhouses
- 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. A block must be a contiguous unit and not be separated by structures such as a building, public road or body of water.
- Note: For further information, refer to the Guideline: Management of horticulture export accredited properties.
- Audits may occur pre-season and/or during the season (during harvest). Any farm or packhouse that was not accredited for the 2021 season will be audited pre-season.
- Packhouses must provide evidence of adherence to one of the following industry food safety accredited schemes that comply with Thailand’s ‘good practices’ requirements for packhouses
- Requirements for accredited properties, including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual.
- We will notify all applicants of audit dates and provide an audit briefing. Audits will be carried out against the requirement of the protocol and applicants will be advised of the outcome. Accredited property numbers will be issued to farms and packhouses that pass audit.
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email the Horticulture Exports Program.
Plant Export Operations Branch