2019-16 - Horticulture Exports Program – Accreditation applications for farms, packhouses and treatment facilities to export strawberries to Thailand

7 May 2019

Purpose

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise that applications for accreditation of farms, packhouses and treatment facilities for the export of strawberries to Thailand 2019 are now open.

Summary of changes and key points

  • Strawberries produced and prepared in Tasmania and Western Australia are eligible to apply for accreditation under the protocol agreement.
  • Farm, packhouse and treatment facility managers must complete the below application form and submit the completed form to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Audit Services Group by 5pm AEDT, 21 May 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Crop monitors must complete the generic crop monitor course online through the Tocal College online eLearning hub by 28 May 2019 to be eligible to conduct crop monitoring for strawberries to Thailand.
  • Treatment facilities accredited in 2018 are not required to re-apply.
  • The department may conduct audits prior to confirming accreditation.
  • Strawberries sourced from Western Australia must be subjected to mandatory methyl bromide fumigation at an accredited treatment facility prior to export.
  • For specific market requirements, refer to the protocol on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) plants website. Protocols can be found in the Documents section of MICoR. To access these documents, you must be a registered MICoR Plants user.
  • To register for MICoR, go to the registration webpage, complete all fields and then click ‘Submit’. You will be provided with your login details by email.

Download

Document PagesFile size
Application form for plant export accreditation of farms PDF 4176 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of farms DOCX 480 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of packhouses PDF 3176 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of packhouses DOCX 380 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of treatment facilities PDF 3176 KB
Application form for plant export accreditation of treatment facilities DOCX 380 KB

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Background

The protocol for exporting strawberries to Thailand mandates that farms, packhouses and treatment facilities are accredited with the department.

The protocol requires that strawberries must be produced in Australia and sourced from a Thailand approved production area. Currently, only strawberries produced and packed in Tasmania and Western Australia are permitted to be exported to Thailand under the protocol.

Accredited property responsibilities

Treatment facilities must be registered establishments.

Growers may divide their orchard into blocks. Each block must be clearly identified on the application form and on the orchard map by its physical address or geographic co-ordinates.

Farms and packhouses applying for accreditation will be audited by the department to ensure compliance with the relevant protocols and/or work plans and departmental requirements. Some accredited properties may be audited by the importing country authority.

Obligations for accredited properties, including management guidelines, audit guidelines and performance standards can be found on the can be found on the Plant Export Operations Manual (PEOM).

Packhouses must provide evidence of adherence to one of following industry food safety accredited schemes that comply with Thailand’s ‘good practices’ requirements for packhouses:

The department will contact applicants to provide notification of audit dates.  The following records must be supplied at the time of audit, where applicable:

List of required records

Farm

  • Management program for pest and disease control
  • Spray diary
  • Crop monitoring records
  • Traceability system
  • Staff training

Packhouse

  • Traceability system including receivals and load out of product
  • Management program for pest control, waste removal and cleaning
  • Staff training

Crop monitor training

Only individuals who have completed the online crop monitor training and passed the assessment are eligible to conduct crop monitoring for protocol markets.

Contact information

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

David Ironside
Assistant Secretary
Plant Export Operations