International Cargo Cooperative Biosecurity Arrangement

The International Cargo Cooperative Biosecurity Arrangement (ICCBA) is a voluntary, non-binding multilateral arrangement that provides national biosecurity agencies, with a platform for collaborating on biosecurity initiatives.

The ICCBA aims to provide rigor around the operational implementation and management of biosecurity policies that are developed by bodies such as the International Plant Protection Convention. Current interests focus mainly on the development of treatment methodologies and their verification; however, there is potential for future expansion to include inspection and other biosecurity assurance activities.

By providing a collaborative platform, the ICCBA encourages international cooperation on the harmonisation and verification of international biosecurity activities and processes.

The current me​mbership includes representation from 11 countries, with a further 10 biosecurity agencies investigating future membership.

Structure

The ICBBA comprises an overarching arrangement which promotes communication and collaboration between member agencies. Participation is entirely voluntary, creates no legal obligation and does not commit countries to any specific biosecurity or trade policy or process.

Participation in the ICCBA does however, provide countries with the option of signing onto separate schedules, which sit under the arrangement, that cover specific biosecurity measures. Countries participating in these schedules agree to a set of administrative and technical requirements and obligations, which are then acknowledged and reciprocated by all signatories. The multilateral nature of ICCBA enables participants to accrue and share benefits with a whole community of member agencies.

Membership

Member country

Member agency

Date notified

Representing Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic

International Regional Organisation for Plant and Animal Health – OIRSA

20 June 2013

Australia

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

23 July 2013

Fiji Islands

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

13 September 2013

Peru

National Agrarian Health Service

30 September 2013

The Philippines

Bureau of Plant Industry

07 November 2013

Malaysia

Department of Agriculture Plant Biosecurity Division

11 March 2014

Papua New Guinea

National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority

21 March 2014

Indonesia

Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency

7 July 2014

New Zealand

Ministry for Primary Industries

12 August 2014

Thailand

Thai Department of Agriculture

28 September 2016

Chile

Agricultural and Livestock Service

12 October 2016