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Quarantine policy on NZ apples now available for comment

Posted by Rita Mu

The Federal Government is calling for comments on a draft report reviewing Australia’s import policy for New Zealand apples.

Following a World Trade Organisation (WTO) order in November last year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard dropped restrictions on importing New Zealand apples for the first time in 89 years this February.

The draft report, prepared by Biosecurity Australia, examines existing quarantine policies for New Zealand apples. According to Minister for Agriculture, Senator Joe Ludwig, the report will help to ensure Australia’s quarantine measures are consistent with WTO obligations, as well as help prevent the introduction of pests and diseases.

Biosecurity Australia will consider all submissions and prepare a final report for consideration by the Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine.

Current import conditions for New Zealand apples will remain in place until a final determination has been made, said Mr Ludwig.

The draft report for the non-regulated analysis of existing policy for apples from New Zealand is available HERE.

Comments on the draft report should be submitted by 4 July 2011.

Image: abc.net.au

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