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Input sought on changes to export rules

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Friday, 5 November 2021, 2.40pm

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is proposing a number of regulatory changes to the Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2021 (plant rules). These changes are part of a suite of miscellaneous changes to the Export Control Rules 2021, including the plant rules.  

The changes come as is part of a DAWE commitment to review the new Export Control Rules 2021 to ensure it is functioning as intended.  

The Department is proposing implementing the following changes on 1 January 2022:

  • Simplifying the management system provisions for accredited properties and registered establishments.
  • Clarifying that treatment operations for fresh fruit and vegetables to protocol markets must occur at registered establishments and not accredited properties.
  • Description of plant-based oils even when a phytosanitary certificate is required.
  • Log re-inspections may occur at a wharf (not a registered establishment) where the logs are being loaded into or onto an approved bulk vessel.
  • DAWE will be able to issue a direction that the loading of a non-compliant bulk vessel cease until action is taken to rectify the non-compliance.
  • Authorised officers appointed in the job function BVI3001: Export inspection of empty bulk vessels (BVI AOs) must record their empty bulk vessel inspections at berth and at anchorage using helmet-mounted video recording devices. 
  • Other miscellaneous amendments to correct grammatical and typographical errors.

Feedback on these changes closes on 30 November 2021. To learn more about these changes and provide feed back on the proposed amendments, visit the Department's Have Your Say portal. 

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