Are you looking to export Avocados?
If the answer is yes then you will need to be AvoGreen® compliant and then register for export with Avocado Industry Council (AIC). You do not have to be AvoGreen® compliant or register with AIC if you do not export avocados.
Please sign in to the website to access Industry tools where you can register for export.
The requirements to become an export grower are detailed below...
AvoGreen is a responsible and auditable avocado production system which uses IPM principles to ensure pesticides are only used when necessary. AvoGreen is an export requirement as it means our exporters can give formal assurance to their increasingly discerning offshore customers that avocados from New Zealand have been grown in a responsible way.
All growers intending to export avocados from New Zealand must be AvoGreen compliant by 1 November in the season preceding intended harvest. For example if you wish to export fruit for the 2013-14 season you will need to have been AvoGreen compliant from 1 November 2012.
As an export grower you need to register with AIC each year before you harvest avocados for export.
If you have registered with AIC before you will be sent notification to register for export in June of each year. If you are a new grower who is interested in exporting, please contact your packhouse or NZ Avocado for more information.
It is important that export registration is completed by the 31st of July each year, as the information collected is collated and used to estimate the size of the crop for the coming season. Accurate crop estimating enables good marketing which leads to increased grower returns.
Export Registration requires payment of a fee. Export registration and export management fee income is used to fund governance of the Recognised Product Group, and work on quality performance, enabling exports, knowledge acquisition and information management, new varieties, new market development, market reliability and reputation, meeting market expectations, and assuring market access.
It is important to note that if you are not registered for export with AIC then your fruit will not be allowed to leave the country.
P-PIN Orchard Identification Number
All fruit exported is tracked through your P-PIN orchard number. If you do not have a P-PIN number this can be obtained completing an application form and returning it to New Zealand Avocado.
Please do this as soon as possible to avoid any last minute rush.
Export Marketing Strategy
On registering with AIC you will have agreed to abide by the rules as specified in the EMS (Export Marketing Strategy) and pay an export management fee on a per tray basis.
You have a responsibility under compliance with the EMS and Food & Safety Act to ensure all sprays and fertilisers used during the year are recorded on a spray diary and submitted to the packhouse when your fruit is packed. The spray diary is electronic and is based on the web. If you require a paper copy version of the diary this is at a cost and is available at the time of registration with AIC. Various importing countries have different withholding periods and rules for allowing certain sprays and these must be monitored and adhered to for the avocado to be sold in their country.
Please sign in to the website to gains access to Industry tools where you can enter data into your spray diary.
The systems used to prepare your fruit for export are monitored by AsureQuality under contract by the AIC.
For more information on registering for export contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 AVOCADO (0800 286 2236)