SUNBIZ

BAF Aligns BAP Registration With Fruit Exporters License

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has aligned registration of export Biosecurity Approved Premises (BAP) with the Fruit Exporters License (FEL) under the Fruit Export and Marketing Act [Chapter 154] in
01 Nov 2018 12:49
BAF Aligns BAP Registration With Fruit Exporters License
Biosecurity Authority Of Fiji

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has aligned registration of export Biosecurity Approved Premises (BAP) with the Fruit Exporters License (FEL) under the Fruit Export and Marketing Act [Chapter 154] in an effort to streamline registration processes and make it simpler for exporters of agricultural commodities to comply.

This change will ensure that inspection, renewal and new application for both FEL and BAP are carried out on an annual basis. All BAP certificates of compliance and FEL will now be valid from January 1 to December 31 of the same year and the change, most importantly, allows all applications for BAP and FEL renewal or new registration to be submitted simultaneously.

BAF chief executive officer Hillary Kumwenda mentioned that this change is reflective of the organisation’s commitment to deliver the most efficient Biosecurity services to all Fijian exporters.

He stated that “parallel registration of BAP and approval of FEL with validity from beginning to the end of a particular year will weed out the need to mobilise extra resources both for the exporter and BAF during the year.”

“Currently we notice that BAP, which is a requirement under the Biosecurity Act 2008, needs to be inspected and renewed mid-year for some exporters while the FEL is valid. This replicates work undertaken for FEL approval at the start of the year and may also cause disruptions to the exporter,” he said.

Mr. Kumwenda went onto say exporters had welcomed this procedural change and this will also enable BAF to utilise its resources optimally by avoiding duplication of services.

“Regularly reviewing BAF policies and procedures keeps our services in-line with industry best practices and also ensures that these are consistent and effective,” he added. Source:

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: