2020-04 - Horticulture Exports Program – Accreditation application for farms and packhouses exporting carrots to Taiwan
14 February 2020
This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the carrot industry that applications are now open for the accreditation of farms and packhouses to export carrots to Taiwan in 2020.
Summary of changes and key points
- Interested carrot farms and packhouses from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia must submit their applications to be an accredited property to AusVeg by 5pm AEDT, 28 February 2020.
- This advice does not apply to farms and packhouses in the states of Victoria or Tasmania. These states are recognised as free of burrowing nematode.
- Following the receipt of completed application forms, farms and packhouses will be audited by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to ensure they meet all protocol requirements.
- Farms and packhouses that pass the departmental audit will then need to pass an audit by the Taiwan Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) to be accredited for export to Taiwan.
|Application for plant export accreditation of farms PDF||4||376 KB|
|Application for plant export accreditation of packhouses PDF||4||352 KB|
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Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce. The protocol for exporting carrots to Taiwan mandates that farms and packhouses are accredited with the department prior to the export season.
For specific market requirements, refer to the relevant protocol on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) Plants website. Work plans and protocols can be found in the Documents section. To access these documents, you must be a registered MICoR Plants user.
To register for MICoR, go to the registration webpage, complete all fields and then click ‘Submit’. You will be provided with your login details by email.
Accredited property responsibilities – Farms and packhouses
- Farms and packhouses must apply to be an accredited property annually.
- Requirements for accredited properties, including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards, can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual.
- The department will notify all applicants of audit dates and provide an audit briefing. Audits will be carried out against the requirement of the protocol and applicants will be advised of the outcome. Export accreditation number/s will be provided to successful farms and packhouses.
Accredited property responsibilities – Farms
Farm managers must also meet the following requirements:
- Farm managers may divide their farm into blocks. Each block must be clearly identified on the application form and on the farm map by its physical address or geographic co-ordinates.
- Farm managers are required to have their soil tested annually to demonstrate that the accredited farms are free of burrowing nematode. The soil testing procedure must be followed in accordance with the Taiwan protocol for carrots.
- The soil testing must be conducted by an organisation approved by the department.
- Farm managers must submit the soil testing results, either with their application form at the time of departmental audit, or prior to BAPHIQ audit.
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email the Horticulture Exports Program.
Acting Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch