2020-22 - Horticulture Exports Program – Accreditation applications for farms, packhouses and treatment facilities to export strawberries to Thailand

5 May 2020

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry that applications for accreditation of farms, packhouses and treatment facilities for the export of strawberries to Thailand 2020 are now open.

Key points

  • Strawberries produced and prepared in Tasmania and Western Australia are eligible to apply for accreditation under the protocol agreement.
  • Farm, packhouse and treatment facility managers must complete the below application form and submit the completed form to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, AuditServices@awe.gov.au by 5pm AEDT, 22 May 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All information in the application (for example, ABN numbers, contact details and addresses) must be correct.
  • Crop monitors must complete the generic crop monitor course online through the Tocal College online eLearning hub by 29 May 2020 to be eligible to conduct crop monitoring for strawberries to Thailand.
  • Treatment facilities accredited in 2019 are not required to re-apply.
  • The department will conduct audits prior to confirming accreditations.
  • Strawberries sourced from Western Australia must be subjected to mandatory methyl bromide fumigation at an accredited treatment facility prior to export.

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Document Pages File size
Application for plant export accreditation of farms PDF 4 417 KB
Application for plant export accreditation of packhouses PDF 4 392 KB
Application for plant export accreditation of treatment facilities PDF 6 288 KB

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Background

The protocol for exporting strawberries to Thailand mandates that farms, packhouses and treatment facilities are accredited with the department.

The protocol requires that strawberries must be produced in Australia and sourced from a Thailand approved production area. Currently, only strawberries produced and packed in Tasmania and Western Australia are permitted to be exported to Thailand under the protocol.

For specific market requirements, refer to the protocol on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) plants website. Protocols can be found in the Document section of MICoR. 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, packhouse and treatment facilities  

  • Treatment facilities must be registered establishments.
  • Farms and packhouses must apply for accreditation annually (unless otherwise advised).
  • Farms may divide their orchard 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.

    Note: Further detail on map and block requirements can be found on the application forms.

List of required records

Farm

  • Management program for pest and disease control
  • Spray diary
  • Crop monitoring records
  • Traceability system
  • Staff training.

Packhouse

  • Traceability system including receivals and load out of product
  • Management program for pest control, waste removal and cleaning
  • Staff training.

Crop monitor training

Only individuals who have completed the online crop monitor training and passed the assessment are eligible to conduct crop monitoring for protocol markets.

Contact information

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

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

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