The International Cargo Cooperative Biosecurity Arrangement (ICCBA) is a voluntary, non-binding multilateral arrangement that provides 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 membership includes representation from 12 biosecurity agencies, with a further 9 agencies investigating future membership.
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 agencies to any specific biosecurity or trade policy or process.
Participation in the ICCBA does however, provide agencies with the option of signing onto separate schedules, which sit under the arrangement, that cover specific biosecurity measures. Agencies 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.
|Member agency||Countries, economies and regions represented||Date notified|
|International Regional Organisation for Plant and Animal Health – OIRSA||Representing Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic||20 June 2013|
|The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources||Australia||23 July 2013|
|Biosecurity Authority of Fiji||Fiji Islands||13 September 2013|
|National Agrarian Health Service||Peru||30 September 2013|
|Bureau of Plant Industry||The Philippines||07 November 2013|
|Department of Agriculture Plant Biosecurity Division||Malaysia||11 March 2014|
|National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority||Papua New Guinea||21 March 2014|
|Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency||Indonesia||7 July 2014|
|Ministry for Primary Industries||New Zealand||12 August 2014|
|Thai Department of Agriculture||Thailand||28 September 2016|
|Agricultural and Livestock Service||Chile||12 October 2016|
|Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine||Taiwan||18 December 2017|