2018 Commodity levy referendum
NZAGA uses the commodity levy for avocados to fund activity to deliver the industry five year plan. The Commodity Levy Order (Avocados) 2013 expires in June 2019. To reapply for a new commodity levy order, NZAGA needs to submit an application to MPI by the end of 2018. Consequently, there will be a grower referendum on the commodity levy for avocados in 2018.
View the 2018 Commodity Levy for Avocados consultation document here.
Email your feedback on the 2018 Commodity Levy here
About the Commodity Levy
As the growers' representative body for New Zealand avocado growers the NZAGA undertakes industry activities, such as research and development, food safety programmes and promotion on behalf of our growers. Currently NZAGA collects a compulsory levy on the sale of local market and export avocados to fund industry activities. This levy is collected under the auspices of the Commodity Levies Act 1990.
The Commodity Levies Act was introduced in 1990. The Act's principal role is to provide a method to fund primary industry activities. Under strict rules industry groups can elect to impose upon themselves a levy with legal backing. The Act requires the industry to consult with the potential levy payers and conduct a referendum every six years to determine if there is grower support for the levy.
Commodity Levies (Avocados) Order 2013
Following the successful result of the 2012 Commodity Levy referendum, the new Commodity Levies (Avocados) Order 2013 came into force on 11 July, 2013.
Click here to download a copy of the Commodity Levies (Avocados) Order 2013.
As per the new Commodity Levies (Avocados) Order 2013, the rates for the first levy year apply from 11 July 2013.
Current Levy Rates
The levy order sets the maximum rates however the actual rate may be set at a lower rate at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. So as levy payers, you will continue to have your say on the levy rates on an annual basis via the AGM process, irrespective of whether you are a member of the NZAGA.
Under the Commodity Levies (Avocados) Order 2013, the maximum levy rate for avocados sold in New Zealand as fresh fruit is 3% and the maximum levy rate for export avocados is 50 cents per export tray.
Current commodity levy rates for other product groups can be found at http://www.legislation.govt.nz or a summary is provided here http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/resources/4564664/Commodity_Levy_Orders___Other_Product_Groups.xlsx
CLICK HERE to download a Commodity Levy form for avocados grown and sold in New Zealand for consumption as fresh fruit