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Produce association stopping export of fresh goods: President

  Fresh Produce Exporters Association will not be exporting produce effective today. This is due to the decision of the 100 per cent check on commodity by Biosecurity Auhtority of
23 Dec 2015 12:48

 

Fresh Produce Exporters Association will not be exporting produce effective today.

This is due to the decision of the 100 per cent check on commodity by Biosecurity Auhtority of Fiji (BAF).

Fresh Produce Exporters Association President Rizwan Khan said the 100 per cent check imposed by BAF on Non Bilateral Quarantine Arrangement commodity has caused exporters several hundred thousand in labour payments. This is leaving exporters with thin margins or huge loss of revenue, he said.

“NZ MPI requires only 600unit inspection – the self regulated 100 per cent check without proper consultation and collaboration with exporters is “overkill” so to speak,” Mr Khan said.

“To say that it is in the best interest of the country has been done at the expense of the exporter’s bottom line.

“This has squeezed us out of money! Our workforce is spent (exhausted) and cannot continue on this self imposed regulation by BAF.”

The BAF Chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said they will be releasing a statement on the above matter.

The Fresh Produce Exporters association is also unhappy with the one off $600 fees. It says is charged on exporters without any proper consultation.

Mr Khan said no consultation was done.

“This is a barrier to trade – an impediment to export promotion and on top of this charge, we have to pay $399 annual renewal fees,” Mr Khan said.

They are claiming that BAF being a service provider to exporters is not having proper dialogues with exporters nor being inclusive in their decision making process.

“Ministry of Agriculture is working closely with us in trying to improve farm level output and have taken our much suggestion on board, being blindsided by BAF and not engaging is rather unproductive,” Mr Khan said.

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