Step-by-step guide to help plant exporters

Article from the DAFF Biosecurity Bulletin

Exporting plants and plant products out of Australia will be made easier with a new exporters’ guide for plant and plant products.

The guide, which will be released by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in March 2013, provides step-by-step instructions for exporters to help them meet export requirements for their plants and plant products. It also offers advice on how to reduce the costs of exporting.

Plant Export Operations Branch, Assistant Secretary, Kylie Calhoun said the new guide also outlined the roles and responsibilities of the exporter and DAFF.

“We hope businesses find the guide useful, and that it will make the exporting process smoother so their products arrive at their overseas market without any hitches or additional costs.”

Ms Calhoun said there were six steps to getting plant and plant products to their overseas market.

“Meeting importing country requirements is one of the most important steps, and is the responsibility of the exporter,” Ms Calhoun said.

“If your exports don’t meet the importing country’s requirements, they will not be issued with the phytosanitary certificate, which is required before they leave Australia.”

Plant and plant products that are refused entry may be destroyed or sent back to Australia at the exporter’s expense. Breaches of this kind can also damage Australia’s international reputation with our major trading partners and affect future export opportunities.

Exporters can search for their plants or plant products on the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICOR) Plants database, and use this as a guide to importing country requirements.

Exporting plants and plant products: A step-by-step guide for Australian exporters will be available on the DAFF website in March.