2021-17 - Horticulture Exports Program – Accreditation applications for farms, packhouses and treatment facilities to export strawberries to Thailand in 2021
3 May 2021
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
- Strawberries produced and prepared in Tasmania and Western Australia are eligible to apply for accreditation under the protocol agreement.
- Farm and packhouse managers must submit a completed Application for plant export accreditation of farms or Application for plant export accreditation of packhouses to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Audit and Assurance Group by 5pm AEDT 21 May 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Treatment facility applicants must submit a completed Application for registration as a plant export registered establishment and/or associated operations and functions (EX26d) and associated EX26 form to the Certificate Management Group by 5pm AEDT 21 May 2021. Treatment facilities previously registered for this export pathway do not need to reapply.
- All information in the application (for example, ABN numbers, contact details, accredited property maps and addresses) must be complete and correct or the application may not be accepted.
- Crop monitors must complete the generic crop monitor course online through the Tocal College online eLearning hub by 28 May 2021 to be eligible to conduct crop monitoring for strawberries to Thailand.
- Farms and packhouses will be subject to audits by us.
- Strawberries sourced from Western Australia must be subjected to mandatory methyl bromide fumigation at a registered treatment facility prior to export.
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.
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email Horticulture Exports Program.
Plant Export Operations Branch