2017-24 - Horticulture Exports Program – Export of summerfruit to China, Taiwan and Thailand

​29 June 2017​

Purpose

The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the summerfruit industry that the online export registration system will be open from 3 July until 21 July 2017 for growers and packers to apply for export to China, Taiwan and Thailand in the 2017 and 2018 export season.

Treatment providers must contact the Horticulture Exports Program (HEP) directly to apply for exports to these markets.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Growers and packers must complete their application forms through the summerfruit export registration system at www.summerfruit.com.au.
  • Fumigation and cold treatment providers must contact HEP for further information.
  • Grower, packhouse and treatment provider applications will close on 21 July 2017 close of business.
  • Audits will commence on 25 September 2017.
  • Please read through the relevant summerfruit work plans and/or protocols available in the ‘Documents’ section of the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR).

Background

In 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) worked with Summerfruit Australia to develop an online system to improve the application and approval process for growers and packers intending to export summerfruit to protocol markets.

The table below outlines which entities require approval for exporting summerfruit to China, Taiwan and Thailand.

MarketOrchardPackhouseOnshore cold treatment facilityFumigation facility
ChinaArea free*N/AN/A
Onshore cold treatmentN/A
Fumigation treatmentN/A
Fumigation treatment + Onshore cold treatment
TaiwanArea free*xN/AN/A
Onshore cold treatmentxxN/A
ThailandArea freeN/AN/A
Onshore cold treatmentN/A

*Riverland and Tasmania only

Exporter responsibilities

Growers, packhouses and treatment facilities applying for export approval will be audited by the department to ensure compliance with the relevant protocols and work plans. Some entities may be audited by the importing country authority.

Audits will commence from 25 September 2017. Applicants must be available during this time and have the following records available at the time of audit, where applicable:

Growers

Packhouses

Treatment facilities

  • crop monitoring
  • control measures (e.g. spray records)
  • orchard hygiene
  • farm diary
  • traceability
  • staff training
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • list of approved growers intending to pack for during the season
  • traceability
  • staff training
  • hygiene
  • treatment providers must contact HEP directly

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the summerfruit export registration system please email the CEO Summerfruit.

If you are a treatment provider applying for export to China, Taiwan and Thailand please email Horticulture Exports Program.

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

Ms Vikki Fischer
Acting Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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