2020-29 - Horticulture Exports Program – Applications for the export of cherries to protocol markets

4 June 2020

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry that applications are now open for the accreditation of farms and packhouses, and registration of treatment facilities to export cherries to protocol markets for the 2020–21 season.

Summary of changes and key points

Farms and packhouses

Treatment facilities

  • Applications are now open for the registration of treatment facilities for
    • methyl bromide fumigation of cherries for export to China and Korea, or
    • onshore cold treatment of cherries to China, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Treatment facilities previously registered for this export pathway do not need to reapply.
  • Treatment facility applicants must submit their completed application form to the department’s Audit and Assurance Group by 5pm AEST, Friday 31 July 2020.

Market requirements

Export pathways for cherry protocol markets are:

  • China – area freedom, cold treatment and fumigation
  • Taiwan – area freedom and cold treatment
  • Thailand – area freedom and cold treatment
  • Japan (Tasmania only) – area freedom
  • Korea – area freedom and fumigation.

For specific market requirements, refer to the relevant workplan and protocol on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) Plants website. To access these documents, you must be a registered MICoR Plants user.

Background

Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce.

Farms and packhouses intending to export cherries to China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Korea must be accredited by the department, prior to export.

Accredited property responsibilities – Farms and packhouses

  • 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.
  • All new applicants must be available for pre-accreditation audits by the department, to ensure compliance with the relevant protocol and departmental requirements.
  • Existing accredited properties will be subject to an audit either pre- or mid-season.
  • The department can only accredit an entity for export if all protocol requirements are met.
  • Requirements for accredited properties, including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards, can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual.

Crop monitor training

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

The online crop monitor training for cherries is now open via the Tocal College online eLearning hub.

  • The assessment quiz for cherries from Mainland Australia closes on Friday, 14 August 2020.
  • The assessment quiz for cherries from Tasmania only closes on Friday, 14 August 2020.
  • The eLearning course content will remain accessible through to March 2021.

Treatment facility responsibilities

  • Treatment facilities must be a registered establishment and approved for the specific country, commodity and treatment combination for protocol markets.
  • Note: Treatment facilities previously approved by the department as an accredited property are now approved under their registered establishment (refer to IAN 2019-64 for further information on this). Treatment facilities that are currently approved for treatment functions under their registered establishment do not need to re-apply unless they would like to vary their approval by adding or removing a treatment function (country, commodity, treatment combination).
  • Treatment facilities that are currently not approved for the countries, commodities and treatments they would like must submit an Application for registration as a horticulture export treatment facility and be audited and approved by the department and the importing country where required.

Contact information

Please direct queries regarding the online application system to Ian Cover at Fruit Growers Tasmania.

Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. (FGT)
Email: ian@fruitgrowerstas.org.au
Phone: 03 6169 2059

Cherry Growers Australia
Email: data@cherrygrowers.org.au

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

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 4 June 2020
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