New export air cargo security requirements for horticulture
Important message to all Victorian horticulture industry associations
Agriculture Victoria would like to ensure that all existing and potential new exporters are aware of the changed export air cargo security requirements taking effect as of 1 March 2019. Please help to increase exporter awareness by forwarding this information to your members and networks.
- As of 1 March 2019, new export air cargo security regulations will apply to ALL export air cargo, regardless of destination and there will be no exceptions or transition periods for businesses that have difficulties meeting the new requirements.
- The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has issued an Industry Advice Notice about the changes and is looking to understand industry concerns and requirements to support industry readiness. You can email your response to HAengagement@agriculture.gov.au
- The Department of Home Affairs website has a summary of the air cargo changes.
The main change to current requirements
- Agriculture Victoria understands the main change to current requirements is that all export air cargo, regardless of destination, will now need to be examined at piece-level or originate from a Known Consignor.
- Piece-level examination refers to each individual box, carton or other item and is the same as what is currently required for United States-bound cargo.
- The approved Known Consignor arrangement offers exporters who originate air cargo an alternative way to meet piece-level examination requirements and will require businesses to apply for known consignor status. It may require some changes to business operations and the application/assessment process may take some time to work through.
- Agriculture Victoria understands that these requirements are likely to impact on horticulture export supply chains to protocol markets but may also impact other agriculture export businesses.
- Exporters of produce that is regularly airfreighted such as cherries, summerfruit, table grapes and vegetables should check how the new requirements affect their business.
- DAWR has been liaising with the Australian Horticulture Importers and Exporters Association (AHEA) on the new requirements to identify opportunities to streamline security and phytosanitary requirements and help industry transition.