2019-03 - Horticulture Exports Program – Information sessions on the New Zealand Export Plan to replace the BQA/SOM

23 January 2019


This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry of information sessions being held on the new Export Plan for fresh produce to New Zealand.

Summary of changes and key points

In mid-2019, a new Export Plan for fresh produce to New Zealand will replace the Bilateral Quarantine Arrangement/Systems Operation Manual (BQA/SOM).

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will host a series of information sessions, throughout February, to inform industry about the changes.

Topics to be discussed during the information sessions include:

  • Key differences between the Export Plan and the BQA/SOM
  • What the changes mean for industry (growers, packhouses, treatment facilities, freight forwarders, exporters and exporter delegates)
  • Implementation plan and dates
  • Accredited properties (farms and packhouses)
  • Export registered establishments and the regulation of treatment facilities
  • Changes to phytosanitary security and transfer certificates 
  • Changes to New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) border processes
  • MPI’s review of the New Zealand Import Health Standards.

Please RSVP your name/s, company/role, location and session by, COB Tuesday, 29 January 2019 to the Horticulture Exports Program.

Information sessions schedule
4 February 2019
9.30 – 11.30 amBrisbane markets – Fresh Centre building – Training room 2
385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea, QLD
5 February 2019
10 am – 12 pmCastle Motor Lodge
6 Don Street, Bowen, QLD
6 February 2019
10 am –  12 pmDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Brisbane regional office
42-44 Qantas Drive, Eagle Farm, QLD
11 February 2019
1 – 3 pmDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Melbourne regional office
Customs House, Corner Grant & Centre Road, Melbourne Airport, VIC
12 February 2019
4 – 6 pmQuality Hotel Parklake
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, VIC
(Perth via videoconference)
18 February 2019
1 – 3 pm
(SA time)
10.30 am – 12.30 pm (WA time)
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Adelaide regional office
Adelaide International Airport, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Export Park, SA

Perth regional office
24 Fricker Road, Perth Airport, WA 6105
19 February 2019
10 am – 12 pmThe Renmark Hotel
Murray Avenue, Renmark, SA
19 February 2019
4 – 6 pmDEDJTR Research Centre
Corner Eleventh St and Koorlong Avenue, Irymple, VIC
20 February 2019
2 – 4 pmDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Sydney regional office
Level 7 Reception, 185 O’Riordan Street Mascot​, NSW


The Export Plan is due for implementation in mid-2019 and will replace the BQA/SOM. The BQA/SOM is the document that currently specifies the export requirements for fruit fly host commodities to New Zealand. The Export Plan is a new, more streamlined document in which the export requirements will be captured. It will not only include fruit fly hosts but also fresh produce commodities that New Zealand determines require particular phytosanitary measures, for example, corn and onions.     

Contact information

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

Rossana Carr
A/g Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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