2016-36 - Horticulture Exports Program - Authorised Officer vapour heat treatment supervision functions – Mango exports to China

​​​15 June 2016

Purpose

To advise external Authorised Officers (AOs) that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is now accepting proposals from AOs to undertake vapour heat treatment (VHT) supervision for export of Australian mangoes to China.

Background

Requirements in the work plan and protocol for the export of Australian mangoes to China permits the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to approve persons to undertake the supervision of pre-export VHT. Persons approved by the department must already be an external AO and accredited for the inspection of mangoes.

Key points

  • Applicants must compile a document detailing how the AO will meet the following conditions:
    • All requirements for running and supervising VHT, as detailed in all treatment-relevant sections of the work plan for Australian mango exports to the People’s Republic of China. The work plan can be found on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) Plants website, in the Documents section. To access this document you must be registered with MICoR Plants.
    • All conditions detailed in the requirements for VHT as detailed in the Plant Export Operations standard for vapour heat treatment of fruit fly host products. The standard can be found in the Plant Export Operations Manual on the department’s website.
    • Importing country requirements for VHT as detailed in the Protocol for phytosanitary requirements for the export of mango fruit from Australia to China between the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, also available in the Documents section of MICoR.
    • How fruit movement through the VHT facility will be managed.
  • VHT records and supervision templates must also be submitted
  • Once the VHT supervision document has been approved by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the department will audit the AO against the processes in the document. Audits will take place as part of VHT facility audits for the China market.  AOs will be notified of audit dates.

Contact Information

  • Completed documents must be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources by 30 June 2016. Documents may be sent to:
    Email: Audit Services
    Post:
    Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
    Audit Services Group
    PO Box 63
    Export Park, S.A. 5950

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

Dr Chris Parker
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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