Imported Fresh Produce Working Group

​​​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. The objectives of the IFPWG are to:

  • Communicate the department’s operational policy and procedures relating to the importation of fresh produce.
  • Provide a forum for the department to consult with stakeholders on operational policy and procedures relating to the importation of fresh produce to facilitate efficient and effective biosecurity regulation.
  • Raise awareness of the biosecurity risk management process for fresh produce, the measures that manage biosecurity risk and prioritise improved measures.
  • Identify new and emerging biosecurity risks associated with the importation of fresh produce.
  • Provide a means for industry and other stakeholders to communicate their priorities and provide input into the department’s operational plant import policies.
  • Harness industry subject matter expertise including future market trends.
  • Identify new technologies and alternative treatments relevant to the regulation of fresh produce.

Further information

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.

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Communique - meeting 3, 25 August 2017

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Overview

The Imported Fresh Produce Working Group (IFPWG) met in Melbourne on 25 August 2017. Attendees included representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department), state government, importing companies, the Australian Horticulture Exporters and Importers Association and major retailers.

Items discussed

Items discussed at the meeting included: issues arising at Approved Arrangements; booking practices for phytosanitary inspection; and, departmental service standards for perishable goods.

The department also provided status updates on the Import Conditions Review (ICR), plant import risk analyses, and implementation of the compliance based inspection scheme on fresh produce.

Outcomes

The department has updated its communication procedures to include the IFPWG in outcomes from the ICR.

Next meeting

The fourth meeting of the IFPWG will be in November 2017, in Canberra.

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.

Communique - meeting 2, 19 May 2017

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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.

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