Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Requirements

Preparation

1. EXPORT REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

Plant export regulatory requirements

Exporters are responsible for checking the export regulatory requirements for their commodities before exporting. These can include phytosanitary control measures, sanitary requirements (including maximum residue levels), packaging and labelling requirements and import taxes or tariffs. There may also be requirements for export certification by government agencies as part of these steps.

Phytosanitary regulatory requirements

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is responsible for phytosanitary regulatory requirements for plant export commodities. DAWR may be required to issue export certification for particular plant export commodities. This export certification is evidence that DAWR is satisfied that the plant export commodities have met all phytosanitary regulatory requirements.

There are two types of phytosanitary regulatory requirements. Australian legislative requirements are set by DAWR under the Export Control Act 1982 and its subordinate legislation. The importing country's requirements are set by the importing country's authority. Exporters are responsible for making sure their export commodities meet both Australian legislative requirements AND the importing country's requirements.

Australian legislative requirements

Exporters can find the Australian legislative requirements in the Export Control Act 1982 and its subordinate legislation. DAWR's supporting policy and procedures can be found in the Plant Export Operations Manual (PEOM). This is maintained by DAWR to ensure that all plant export commodities meet Australian legislative requirements.

Importing country requirements

Exporters can find each importing country's phytosanitary requirements online in the Manual of Importing Country Requirements - Plants (MICoR Plants).

When checking MICoR Plants, exporters should consider the practicalities of the phytosanitary requirements for export from their region to the market. For example, exporters would need to consider the cost involved in transporting a product produced in the Northern Territory that requires a phytosanitary treatment that can only be conducted in Victoria. So even if the product has market access, this market may not be commercially viable for some exporters.

Timeframes

When DAWR is supplied with new or updated importing country requirements, it aims to update information in MICoR Plants within five business days of receiving advice / import permits.

What you need to do

  • Check DAWR's phytosanitary requirements in the Plant Export Operations Manual (PEOM).
  • Check the importing country's phytosanitary requirements on MICoR Plants.
    • Note: Both the PEOM and MICoR Plants are web-based services publicly available at no cost.
  • Understand all other export requirements (e.g. tariffs and customs requirements).