2019-11 - Horticulture Exports Program – Consultation on the draft New Zealand Export Plan for fresh horticulture produce

12 February 2019

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to clarify the purpose of the industry information sessions on the draft New Zealand Export Plan for fresh horticulture produce detailed in IAN 2019-03.

Summary of changes and key points

The purpose of the information sessions is to discuss the key changes in the draft New Zealand Export Plan for fresh horticulture produce and seek feedback from stakeholders in order to inform ongoing negotiations with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Sessions will be delivered in the below locations. All interested stakeholders are invited to attend and to provide feedback.

Once all the sessions are complete, stakeholder feedback will be consolidated and provided to all attendees with a response from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on each issue.

For those who are yet to RSVP, please email your name/s, company/role, location and session to the Horticulture Exports Program.

LocationDateTimeVenue
SheppartonTuesday
12 February 2019
4 pm – 6 pmQuality Hotel Parklake
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, VIC
Adelaide
(Perth via videoconference)
Monday
18 February 2019
1 pm – 3 pm (SA time) 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (WA time)Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Adelaide regional office
Adelaide International Airport, Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Export Park, SA

Perth regional office
24 Fricker Road, Perth Airport, WA
RenmarkTuesday
19 February 2019
10 am – 12 pmThe Renmark Hotel
Murray Avenue, Renmark, SA
MilduraTuesday 19 February 20194 pm – 6 pmDEDJTR Research Centre
Corner Eleventh Street and Koorlong Avenue, Irymple, VIC
SydneyWednesday 20 February 20192 pm – 4 pmDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Sydney regional office
Level 7 Reception, 185 O’Riordan Street Mascot, NSW
BowenTBCTBCCastle Motor Lodge
6 Don Street, Bowen, QLD

Background

MPI are reviewing their Import Health Standards (IHSs) and phasing out Bilateral Quarantine Arrangements (BQAs). Agreed Export Plans will be required under the revised IHSs.

The department has been negotiating the development of the Export Plan, which will replace the existing Australia – New Zealand BQA System Operations Manual. The BQA – System Operations Manual currently specifies the export requirements for fruit fly host commodities to New Zealand.

The Export Plan has been drafted with the aim of simplifying export requirements for industry whilst continuing to meet New Zealand’s IHSs. It will not only include fruit fly hosts but also fresh produce commodities that New Zealand determines need particular phytosanitary measures, for example, corn and onions.     

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding this IAN please email the Horticulture Exports Program.

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations Branch