Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Requirements
This section provides an overview of the three main stages involved in exporting fresh fruit and vegetables, and the regulatory requirements that may have to be met at each stage.
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Exporters should familiarise themselves with export regulatory requirements and must comply with Australian regulations and any importing country requirements.
Exporters may need to register some facilities that handle fresh fruit and vegetables for export, if required by Australian regulations and/or the importing country authority.
Treatments and a diverse range of other pest control measures may be required by the importing country authority to control quarantine pests of concern.
A range of inspections may be required by the importing country authority, taking place at facilities that must be registered with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) may vary between consignments and determine who is responsible for the movement of exports at every stage of transport.
All "prescribed goods" under Australian law (such as fresh fruit and vegetables) must have an export permit issued by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources prior to the export of the consignment.
The minimum documentation required to export goods includes a packing list, commercial invoice and an Export Declaration Number (EDN) issued through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's Integrated Cargo System (ICS).
Shipping documentation differs between air and sea freight and is additional to border documentation.
Customs duties, taxes and port clearance fees must be paid. Importers may be able to claim preferential tariff rates (including FTA benefits) if the appropriate paperwork is available with the consignment.
Importing country authorities may have a range of clearance procedures in place including physical inspections, sampling for laboratory tests / analysis and assessment of export certification.