2016-04 - Horticulture Exports Program – approval of onshore cold treatment facilities for table grape exports to China
2 February 2016
To advise industry that onshore cold treatment facilities approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) to treat table grapes to China have been jointly approved by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ). Treatment facilities are now able to conduct onshore cold treatment of table grapes for export to China.
China’s import conditions require that all fruit originating from outside a fruit fly pest free area must be cold treated.
An onshore cold treatment facility can only be approved for the export of table grapes to China if it is a registered establishment, all protocol requirements are met, all information requested has been provided, and the facility has passed audit.
A departmental Authorised Officer (AO) must supervise the commencement and completion of all onshore cold treatments of table grapes for export to China. Consignments must be accompanied by a calibration record and treatment certificate certified by a departmental AO.
For specific market requirements refer to the relevant workplans and protocols on the website: MICoR. To access these documents, you must be a registered MICoR Plant user.
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email Horticulture Export Program ACT.
Dr Chris Parker
Plant Export Operations Branch