The export licensing of horticultural products is provided for under the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000 (the Act), the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services (Export Efficiency) Regulations 2002 (the Regulations) and the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services [Regulated Horticultural Products and Markets] Orders (the Orders). These legislative instruments, known as the Export Efficiency Powers (EEPs), provide the Industry Export Control Body with the facility to administer export control arrangements.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA Limited), the Australian horticulture industry grower-owned research, development and marketing body, was the export control body until the end of 31 October 2015.
From 1 November 2015, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has the powers of the industry export control body. The department is currently examining what arrangements will be required for the Secretary to exercise these powers.