4 May 2011
Biosecurity Australia has today released the draft report of a science-based review of Australia’s import policy for New Zealand apples.
The draft review responds to the final ruling by the World Trade Organization on Australia’s existing quarantine measures for New Zealand apples.
“In November 2010, the Government announced a review of the existing quarantine policies for New Zealand apples,” Minister Ludwig said.
“The review will ensure our quarantine measures are consistent with our WTO obligations, while at the same time protecting Australia from pests and diseases.
“The Australian apple industry and other interested stakeholders will have 60 days to comment on the draft report.
“Biosecurity Australia will carefully consider all submissions and prepare a final report for consideration by the Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine.
“The Gillard Government takes its biosecurity obligations seriously and current import conditions for New Zealand apples will remain in place until a final determination has been made.”
Last November the Australian Government agreed to proceed with the review after a decision by the World Trade Organization Appellate Body in favour of New Zealand in the apples dispute between the two countries.
The 'Draft report for the non-regulated analysis of existing policy for apples from New Zealand' is available at www.daff.gov.au/ba.
Comments on the draft report should be submitted by 4 July 2011.