Imported Fresh Produce Working Group

​The Imported Fresh Produce Working Group (IFPWG) provides a forum for industry and government to effectively and efficiently manage biosecurity risks associated with the importation of fresh produce.

Outcomes from the IFPWG are published on this page in the form of a Communique. Further information on the IFPWG can be obtained by contacting 1800 900 090 or Imports and requesting to contact the horticultural fresh produce team.

Communique - 19 May 2017

Overview

The Imported Fresh Produce Working Group (IFPWG) provides a forum for industry and government to effectively and efficiently manage biosecurity risks associated with the importation of fresh produce. The IFPWG assists the department in the transition to a more modern, risk based approach to regulating the importation of fresh produce. Drivers for the working group are:

  • the review of import conditions for fresh produce, which is supported by the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative to review Australia’s import conditions by June 2019;
  • the reduction in offshore pre-shipment inspections and implementation of systems and processes that optimise biosecurity compliance of import goods with Australia’s import conditions; and,
  • the opportunities presented by the new Biosecurity Act 2015, to increase the efficiency and reduce costs of importing fresh produce while effectively managing biosecurity risks.

Coles hosted the inaugural face to face meeting of the IFPWG in Melbourne on 19 May 2017. Attendees included representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, state government, importing companies, the Australian Horticulture Exporters Association and major retailers.

Items discussed

Items discussed at the meeting included: implications for the regulation of fresh produce arising from the new Biosecurity Act 2015; modernisation of the way imported fresh produce is regulated; the department’s transition from Offshore Preshipment Inspection; implementation of compliance based inspection of fresh produce; enhancing administrative procedures for on arrival inspection of high volume commodities; and, irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for regulated pests of fresh produce.

Outcomes

Members endorsed a Terms of Reference for the group and agreed to progress a range of activities to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness and support the modernisation of the regulation of imported fresh produce.

Next meeting

The second meeting of the IFPWG will be in August 2017, in Melbourne.

Further information

Further information on the IFPWG can be obtained by contacting 1800 900 090 or Imports and requesting to contact the horticultural fresh produce team.