2018-52 - Horticulture Exports Program – Citrus grower applications for exports to protocol markets in 2019

1 November 2018

Purpose

The purpose of this Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the citrus industry that online applications are now open for the accreditation of citrus orchards or blocks to export to the following countries in 2019:

  • South Korea (all states)
  • China (all states)
  • Thailand (all states)

Summary of changes and key points

  • If your orchard or block was accredited by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for exports to the above protocol markets in 2018, your details are already in the Citrus Australia online system and you will receive an email from Citrus Australia. If you have not already received an email, please contact Citrus Australia.  
  • If your orchard or block was not accredited in 2018 and you wish to export in 2019 to the protocol markets listed above, please contact Citrus Australia.  
  • Grower applications will close on 31 December 2018.
  • All nominated orchards or blocks must be surveyed by a Registered Crop Monitor between 1 and 28 February 2019.
  • Packhouses must upload the crop monitor report and an orchard map into the Citrus Australia online system and sign an electronic declaration that orchards have met quarantine requirements by 1 March 2019.

Industry responsibilities

  • Please read through the relevant citrus export work plans available in the “Documents” section of the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) website.
  • The following instructional material for accredited properties is available on the Plant Export O​perations Manual.
    • Guideline: Management of horticulture export accredited properties
    • Guideline: Audit of horticulture export accredited properties

Background

In September 2018, the department amended to the Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Order 2011 to include the accreditation of properties for the export of specific horticulture products to certain protocol markets.

This amendment forms part of wider departmental initiatives to strengthen agricultural exports and market access, through improving the current agricultural export legislative framework. This includes the development of the Export Control Bill 2017 and commodity‑specific subordinate legislation in the form of Export Control Rules.

The Export Control Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017, and includes provisions for accredited properties.

For further information please see IAN 2018-23 and IAN 2018-44.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding applying for accreditation please email Citrus Australia.

For any questions regarding The Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Amendment (Accredited Properties) Order 2018 (Amendment Order) please email the Horticulture Exports Program.

Mr David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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