The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released a new Industry Advice Notice (IAN), to advise industry that the New Zealand Export Plan has replaced the Bilateral Quarantine Agreement – System Operations Manual (BQA-SOM) on 25 February 2021.

The new Export Plan for fresh produce from Australia to New Zealand (Export Plan) — that sets the operational requirements for certain fresh fruit and vegetables exported to New Zealand — is now available in the ‘Documents’ section of Micor.

The BQA-SOM was rescinded and removed from Micor on 25 February 2021.

Changes will affect the following entities involved in the export of fresh fruit and vegetables listed in the Export Plan:

    • Exporters
    • Exporter delegates
    • Freight forwarders
    • Registered establishments
    • Treatment facilities
    • Accredited properties (farms and packhouses)
    • Crop monitors
    • Authorised Officers (AOs)
    • Departmental staff

A fact sheet has been developed covering the different industry groups. Please review this to prepare for the changes.