Archive for April, 2012

24.04.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Interim fumigation arrangement for Iranian Wheat Shipments

Interim fumigation arrangement for Iranian Wheat Shipments

DAFF Biosecurity  has agreed to an interim fumigation arrangement following Iran’s recent advice that all shipments of wheat must be fumigated prior to delivery.

The interim arrangement provides allowance for in-transit fumigation of wheat if onshore treatment is not possible.  DAFF Biosecurity will issue a Phytosanitary Certificate after documentary evidence has been supplied showing that the fumigation has been performed in accordance with requirements.  Specific details regarding Iran’s importing requirements and the issuance of the Phytosanitary Certificates for wheat can be found on the MICoR database following this link: http://www.daff.gov.au/micor/plants/iran_ir/wheat

Meanwhile DAFF Biosecurity are still waiting on a response to a submission to the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, Plant Protection Organisation in Iran seeking a waiver of the mandatory fumigation of grain shipments due to Australia’s nil tolerance of live insects in exports.

24.04.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a review of existing requirement of nil tolerance for Methyl Bromide fumigations of cottonseed for stock feed to the United States. EPA has published a new rule proposing dispensation of tolerance for methyl bromide on cottonseed for stock feed. This will overturn an announcement in October 2011 where the MRL was reduced to zero, which effectively closed the trade in cottonseed for stock feed.
The proposed new rule is open for comments by interested parties. The public comment period for the announcement will close on June 5, 2012. In the meantime US authorities have indicated that it will issue import permits for Australian cottonseed but is suggesting that exporters not plan for shipments to arrive at US ports until the EPA ruling is ratified.