2021-17 - Horticulture Exports Program – Accreditation applications for farms, packhouses and treatment facilities to export strawberries to Thailand in 2021

3 May 2021

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry that applications are now open to export strawberries to Thailand for the 2021 season.

Summary key points

Background

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

The protocol for exporting strawberries to Thailand mandates that farms, packhouses and treatment facilities are accredited or registered with us prior to the export season.

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 ‘Documents’ section of Micor. To access these documents, you must be a registered Micor plants user.

To register, go to the registration webpage, complete all fields and then click ‘Submit’. You will be provided with your login details by email.

Treatment facility responsibilities

  • Treatment facilities must be registered establishments.
  • Methyl bromide facilities must be approved jointly by Thailand and us to treat strawberries to export to Thailand. If your treatment facility is not approved for export to Thailand by us, please contact Horticulture Exports Program.

Accredited property responsibilities – farms and packhouses

  • Requirements for accredited properties, including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards, can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual.
  • 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.
  • Packhouses must provide evidence of adherence to one of the following industry food safety accredited schemes that comply with Thailand’s ‘good practices’ requirements for packhouses
  • BRC Global Standards for Food Safety
  • Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Code of Practice – Edition 4
  • SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production – Edition 9
  • GLOBAL G.A.P.
  • All applicants must be available for audits, to ensure compliance with the protocol and departmental requirements.
  • We will notify all applicants of audit dates and provide an audit briefing.
  • Applicants will be advised of the audit outcome, and accreditation number/s will be provided to successful farms and packhouses.

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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