4 June 2020
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 2020–21 season.
Summary of changes and key points
Farms and packhouses
- Applications are now open for the accreditation of
- farms, packhouses and cold stores to export apples to China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand
- farms and packhouses to export pears to Thailand.
- Applications must be received by 5pm AEST, Friday, 31 July 2020.
- Applicants can complete their application forms through the Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. online system.
- Farms, packhouses and cold stores will be subject to audits by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
- Crop monitor training and assessment for apples and pears is available through the Tocal College online eLearning hub.
- Applications are now open for the registration of treatment facilities for methyl bromide fumigation of apples for export to Japan. The treatment facility must be located in Tasmania.
- Applicants must submit their completed application form to the department’s Audit and Assurance Group by 5pm AEST, Friday 31 July 2020.
- Treatment facilities previously registered for this export pathway do not need to reapply.
Countries with protocol markets have specific requirements for importing Australian produce. Farms and packhouses intending to export apples and pears must be accredited by the department, 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.
- All new applicants must be available for pre-accreditation audits by the department, to ensure compliance with the relevant protocol and departmental requirements.
- Existing accredited properties will be subject to an audit either pre- or mid-season.
- The department 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 monitor training
Only crop monitors who have completed the online training and passed the assessment are eligible to conduct crop monitoring for protocol markets.
The online crop monitor training for apples and pears is now open via the Tocal College online eLearning hub.
- The assessment quizzes close on Friday, 14 August 2020.
- The eLearning course content will remain accessible through to March 2021.
Treatment facility responsibilities
- Treatment facilities must be a registered establishment and approved for the specific country, commodity and treatment combination for protocol markets.
- Note: Treatment facilities previously approved by the department as an accredited property are now approved under their registered establishment (refer to IAN 2019-64 for further information on this). Treatment facilities that are currently approved for treatment functions under their registered establishment do not need to re-apply unless they would like to vary their approval by adding or removing a treatment function (country, commodity, treatment combination).
- Treatment facilities that are currently not approved for the countries, commodities and treatments they would like must submit an Application for registration as a horticulture export treatment facility and be audited and approved by the department and the importing country where required.
Please direct queries regarding the online application system to Ian Cover, Fruit Growers Tasmania.
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. (FGT)
Phone: 03 6169 2059
If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email Horticulture Exports Program.
Plant Export Operations Branch