05-2017 - New and revised approved arrangements for the management of imported perishable plant products

19 January 2017

Who does this notice affect?

Industry stakeholders that deal with imported fresh fruit and vegetables, nursery stock (excluding tissue cultures) and cut flowers (perishables) consignments including importers, Approved Arrangement (AA) class 1.2 and 2.4 operators, freight forwarders and brokers.

Purpose

To provide industry stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback to the department on:

  1. a newly developed AA for industry-managed airfreight perishable consignment packaging verification inspections (Verification of Packaging for Airfreight Perishables), and
  2. revised requirements for AA Class 2.4 – Fresh Produce, Nursery Stock and Cut Flowers.

Arrangement consultation

The VPAP arrangement and revised class 2.4 requirements are currently open for consultation. If you would like to provide feedback the draft documents are available on the depart​ment’s website.

Please provide your feedback to the department at AA Canberra. Please include “VPAP/AA 2.4” in the subject line.

The period for consultation closes on Friday 24 February 2017 at 23:59 EDST.

Subject to industry comment received during the specified consultation period, it is the intention of the department to implement both VPAP and the revised AA class 2.4 requirements on 3 April 2017.