Registering as a small horticultural products registered establishment

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​Some horticulture exporters may be eligible for a reduced registered establishment charge of $600 per financial year (or part financial year) if they are eligible to be registered as a ‘small horticultural products registered establishment’ (SHPRE).

Not all horticultural products or registered establishments will be eligible. To be considered a SHPRE for this purpose, exporters need to meet specific requirements including an export tonnage limit.​

Eligibility criteria

New and existing registered establishments are able to apply as a SHPRE.

New registered establishments should familiarise themselves with their responsibilities as an exporter prior to applying. You will need to meet all requirements for registering an establishment.

To be eligible as a small horticulture products registered establishment you must:

  • only use your establishment to produce and prepare for export eligible horticultural products identified in Table 1
  • not occupy any other registered establishment within the financial year
  • ensure the total amount you produce and prepare for export at your registered establishment does not exceed the amount allowed identified in Table 1 within the financial year.

Eligible horticultural product

Table 1 sets out the total amount of eligible horticultural products that can be produced, prepared and exported per financial year as a SHPRE.

The department will audit exports and registered establishment activities to ensure SHPREs remain within the requirements.

Table 1: Total amount of eligible horticultural products that can be produced, prepared and exported per financial year as a Small Horticultural Products Registered Establishment
Product Maximum tonnage
per year
Apples or pears (either or both) 400
Avocados 5​
Cherries 30
Citrus 400
Cut flowers 5
Kiwi fruit 5
Leafy vegetable 10
Mangoes 100
Melons 10
Stone fruit (except cherries) 400
Strawberries or berries (either or both) 5
Table grapes 400​
Vegetables other than leafy vegetables 100
All other kinds of horticultural products 5


If your SHPRE does not meet these requirements at any point within the financial year, you will be charged the full rate for your registered establishment as outlined in the charging guidelines.

The registration of new establishments also attracts a once-off $600 application fee, which is in addition to the annual charge based on the charging guidelines. Where registration has lapsed or the establishment was deregistered, an establishment will need to undergo a new registration process and pay the $600 application fee.

Registering as a small horticultural products registered establishment

To register as a small horticultural products registered establishment, return the completed application form.

Authorised officer model

Small exporters may also find further savings through the use of the Plant Exports Authorised Officer (AO) Model. Until 2011 only departmental authorised officers were permitted to undertake inspections of goods for protocol markets. Within the AO Model, external authorised officers can inspect goods exported under protocol market access arrangements under the Export Horticulture Protocol job function.

Last reviewed: 28 September 2021
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