This project aims to pre-emptively agree market access conditions with our key markets in case there is an incursion of a significant fruit fly species into New Zealand. While this will not guarantee that market access it should significantly decrease the length and severity of any restrictions.
A protocol has been developed that will be used to negotiate these pre-emptive agreements. The protocol contains all the information about how New Zealand can identify a fruit fly incursion, how we will eradicate the fruit fly population and steps that will be taken to ensure all product leaving New Zealand is fruit fly free. It is currently being used to support negotaiation with four countries.
To support implementation of these pre-emptive agreements an OAP is needed to specify what areas an MAO must address. A draft FF OAP has been developed and was released in October 2016. The OAP will be finalsed once negotiataion are completed with each trading partner.
The draft OAP will allow MAO’s to pre-emptively develop the systems that will allow them to comply with with the likley export requirement tat would be imposed if fruit fy incursion is announced . Even before the first pre-emptive agreement is signed this will allow MAO’s ( and Sectors) to be better prepared for a potential incursion.
There are a number of communications that provide addditional detail
1) An overview of the project . This provides an overview of the project and its scope.
2) A detailed update provided early January 2016 which provides a detailed overview of progress at that time and some of the challenges involved in progressing the project
3) An brief update provided in December 2016 reporting on the status of the projects workstream at the time the first 4 countries were provided with the negotiation protocol
[i] This working group is comprised of Industry representatives and the MPI officials contributing to this project.