Update 4: Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee
March 2014 - Update 4
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About the Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee
The Department of Agriculture Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee (the committee) is the principal forum for the department to consult with grain, fodder, nut, seed and timber industries on export inspection, certification, export market access and other relevant issues.
For more information visit Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee.
Next meeting details
Thursday 31 July 2014.
To have issues added to the agenda please contact your industry association representative or contact the secretariat.
The Committee met on 27 March 2014 in Canberra. Updates are issued following each committee meeting and provide an update on key projects and issues.
Audit and Verification Policy and Performance Standards
A revised version of the audit and verification policy and supporting performance standards for registered establishments and Authorised Officers has been released by the Plant Export Operations Branch. The policy underpins and provides rigour around the management of external audit activities responsible for managing the performance standards of registered establishments and AOs and continues to reward compliance with fewer audits. The performance standards outline the scope and process of audit or verification and present the standards against which they are assessed. The policy and performance standards can be found in Volume 17 of the Plant Export Operations Manual.
Amendments to the Plant and Plant Products Order
Proposed amendments to the Export Control (Plant and Plant Products) Order 2011 will address concerns raised by the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances and provide better clarity to the drafting of the legislation that is consistent with current policy and operational practice. Some key amendments are added powers of an AO to extend period of export compliance, empty container approval valid for 90 days and marine surveyors certificate only needed if prescribed goods are for consumption. The proposed implementation date for the amendments is 1 May 2014.
Export Compliant Goods Storage
The first establishment has been approved for Export Compliant Goods Storage (ECGS). ECGS allows for inspection of goods to be moved from the point of export to earlier in the supply chain. This reduces potential delays, uncertainty and costs to exporters resulting from inspections during loading. More information on ECGS can be found in Volume 7a of the Pant Export Operations Manual
National Documentation Hub
The National Documentation Hub (NDH) commenced on 17 February 2014 for the South East Region (excluding Tasmania). Requests for issuing export certification, including the Notice of Intention and Request for Permit will be processed by the NDH. The NDH supports the move towards electronic certificates and NDH staff are trained to enter all manual notice of intention forms through EXDOC and in return issue clients with electronic certification. The NDH will be implemented progressively in other regions within the following six months, with each region receiving individual notification regarding time frames and procedures. Information on the NDH can be found at Plant Exports National Documentation Hub - Information for industry and exporters.
Membership of the Committee includes representatives of commodity sectors regulated by the Grain and Seed Exports Program. A complete list of representatives can be found on the Department of Agriculture website.
Your feedback, comments and suggestions are important. If you require further information or have a question regarding information presented in this update, please speak to your industry association contact or the department directly.
Please send general correspondence to the Secretariat at Grain Export.