2021-31: Horticulture Exports – Applications for the export of cherries to protocol markets

9 June 2021

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the cherry 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 2021–22 season.

Summary of changes and key points

Specific 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 workplans and protocols 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.
The protocols for cherries to China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Korea mandate that farms, packhouses and treatment facilities must be accredited or registered with us 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. A block must be a contiguous unit and not be separated by structures such as a building, public road or body of water.
    Note: For further information, refer to the Guideline: Management of horticulture export accredited properties.
  • Audits may occur pre-season and/or during the season (during harvest). Any farm or packhouse that was not accredited for the 2020–21 season will be audited pre-season.
  • We 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 monitoring responsibilities

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

Treatment facility responsibilities

Contact information

Please direct any queries regarding the online application systems to the peak industry body.

For farms and packhouses located in Tasmania:
Kate Dickinson
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. (FGT)
Email: trade@fruitgrowerstas.org.au
Phone: 03 6169 2059

For farms and packhouses located in mainland Australia:
Charlotte Brunt
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: 9 June 2021
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