2021-32: Horticulture Exports – Applications for the export of Tasmanian apples and pears to protocol markets

9 June 2021

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise the Tasmanian apple and pear industry that applications are now open for the accreditation of farms, packhouses and cold stores, and registration of treatment facilities to export to protocol markets for the 2021–22 season.

Summary of changes and key points

Background

Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce.
Farms and packhouses intending to export apples and pears must be accredited with us, and treatment facilities registered with us, prior to export.

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.

Accredited property responsibilities – Farms and packhouses

  • Farms, packhouses and cold stores 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.

  • Online crop monitor training for apples and pears is now open via the Tocal College online eLearning hub.
  • Crop monitors must complete the assessment by Friday 13 August 2021.

Treatment facility responsibilities

Contact information

Please direct any queries regarding the online application system to:

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

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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