Working together to open up hort market

19 November 2020
  • Australia and the Philippines host regional workshop on biosecurity market access
  • Focus on innovations in treatments for horticulture products

The Australian Government has welcomed talks with its regional partners on improving biosecurity market access for horticultural exports.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the spirit of cooperation was clearly evident during a workshop Australia co-chaired with the Philippines this week covering phytosanitary treatments for horticulture.

Horticultural exports are required to undergo certain treatments before export to comply with importing nations’ biosecurity arrangements.

“The workshop focused on exploring ways to improve market access through innovations in phytosanitary treatment and options to standardise approaches across the region,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Better harmonisation of standards and improved biosecurity market access supports diversification of export destinations for our exporters and reduces trade barriers across the region.

“The workshop sought broader and deeper understanding of modern phytosanitary treatments in the region, featuring video introductions of cutting-edge Australian vapour heat treatment facilities in Queensland and a new irradiation facility in Melbourne.

“Indonesia's Agricultural Quarantine Agency provided a presentation on its biosecurity treatment management system.

“These regional cooperation efforts are essential to build capacity in the region, advancing and smoothing the export path for Australian horticulture.”

Officials from across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and India participated in the biosecurity market access workshop.

“I am buoyed by the shared commitment of our regional partners to improving market access,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Collaborations like this workshop demonstrate the Australian Government’s continued commitment to advancing the cause of our agricultural exporters on the international stage.”

Fast facts

  • ABARES estimates the value of Australian horticultural exports in 2019/20 will be more than $3.4 billion
  • More than 100 government officials attended the 17 November 2020 biosecurity market access workshop.
  • Market access has two key pillars: biosecurity arrangements and tariffs.