2016-06 - Horticulture Export Program – citrus export licence requirements

​3 February 2016


To advise Australian citrus exporters that they are currently not required to hold a citrus export licence. Phytosanitary requirements for citrus exports are unchanged.


Prior to 1 October 2015 citrus exporters were required to hold a licence from Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA; prior to 2015, Horticulture Australia Limited) and to adhere to the conditions on that licence.

On 1 October 2015 the legislation that specified citrus to the United States and oranges to all export markets as regulated products and markets sunsetted (ceased to be law).

On 1 November 2015 the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources assumed the powers of the horticulture industry export control body from HIA.

Key points

  • The citrus export licences granted by HIA expired on 31 January 2016.
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has disabled the requirement for a HIA licence number in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) for citrus exports.
  • The ICS still has a field to input a HIA licence number but this can be left blank and the system will not register an error.
  • The department will inform you of the future arrangements for citrus export licencing once they are confirmed.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email Horticulture Policy or phone (02) 6272 4826.


Sally Standen
Assistant Secretary
Crops, Meat and Horticulture Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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