2020-70 - Horticulture Exports Program – Applications for the export of carrots to Taiwan

1 December 2020

Purpose

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 to Taiwan in 2021.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Interested carrot farms and packhouses from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia can submit their applications to be an accredited property to AUSVEG.
  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm AEDT, Sunday 20 December 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Farms and packhouses will be audited by us to ensure they meet all protocol requirements.
  • Farms and packhouses that pass our audit will also be audited against requirements set by the Taiwan Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) to be accredited for export to Taiwan.

Background

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 us prior to the export season.
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 register as a MICoR Plants user.

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.
  • We will notify all applicants of audit dates and provide an audit briefing. Audits will be carried out against the requirements 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 us.
  • Farm managers must submit the soil testing results, either with their application form at the time of departmental audit, or prior to BAPHIQ audit.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email AUSVEG.

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

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch

Last reviewed: 1 December 2020
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