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Singapore deal ensures pigmeat exports if an ASF outbreak
n Singapore Australia arrangement
Upcoming APL producer meetings
IT has been a chal- lenging year to say the least, but not being able to meet with producers face-to-face has been a further hurdle for the team at Australian Pork Limited.
invitation to APL members to attend this meeting.
open to all producers and other interested parties who request at- tendance.
travel restrictions for most of the country, APL has again decided to run the November Delegates meeting vir- tually.
APL has undertaken several virtual meet- ings with producers and stakeholders since March – including the May Delegates meeting – and received positive feedback.
Information about the conduct of the virtual meeting will be pro- vided in advance of the meeting.
This will be run as an online ‘webinar’, where producers and stakeholders can hear APL’s current project outcomes and plans, and APL will respond to questions via chat when possible.
The meeting is still scheduled for Wednesday November 18, from 10.30am to 3.00pm AEDST.
In order to continue to engage with producers, update on APL plans and undertake our An- nual General Meeting, A PL have scheduled further virtual events for November.
This forum will be
Due to the current
For more information, stay tuned to the APL weekly update emails.
APL producer forum
This year, APL will run an online producer forum on Thursday No- vember 19, 2020 from 1.00 to 3.00pm AEDST, rather than the APL Conference that has run in the past.
Producers and industry stakeholders will need to register to attend. Delegates meeting
For enquiries, contact events@australianpork.
Annual General Meeting APL producer forum Delegates meeting
November 19, 2020 12.30pm and 1.00pm AEDST
November 19, 2020 1.00pm and 3.00pm AEDST
November 18, 2020 10.30am to 3.00pm AEDST
Virtual producer meetings
Annual General Meeting
APL members will be formally invited to attend the virtual An- nual General Meeting to be held on Thursday November 19, 2020 be- tween 12.30 and 1.00pm Australian Eastern Day- light Savings Time.
A Notice of General Meeting will be cir- culated to members of APL in October.
The notice is a formal
A FORMAL pre-emp- tive zoning arrangement will facilitate the export of Australian pigmeat between Singapore and Australia in the event of an outbreak of African swine fever.
tainty of access to export markets.
biosecurity, allowing au- tomatic detection of risk items
This positive outcome is a result of the con- structive relationship and ongoing collaboration be- tween both countries.
“As such, the arrange- ment is a central pillar in APL’s ASF preparedness strategy.
• Biosecurity officers have commenced use of mobile devices to issue on-the-spot infringe- ments as part of traveller clearanceprocesses
Minister for Agri- culture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the pre-emptive zoning arrangement would im- prove certainty for ex- port trade for the pig- meat sector in the event of an outbreak of this serious disease.
“A PL is pleased to have worked with both gov- ernments on behalf of farmers in support of this positive outcome.”
• The impact of COVID-19 border meas- ures continues to result in significantly reduced ar- rivals of flights and trav- eller numbers, reducing the risk of ASF further
“Singapore is Austral- ia’s single largest export market for pigmeat with exports of over $60 mil- lion in 2019-20, and I ex- press my gratitude to the Singaporean government for agreeing to these ar- rangements,” Minister Littleproud said.
• The government re- leased its $66.6 million ASF response package last year
“The Australian govern- ment remains committed to keeping Australia’s $60 billion agricultural sector free of biosecurity threats, including ASF.
• Two new 3D X-ray machines will be in- stalled in the Sydney and Melbourne mail centres, a world first innovation for
“Continued, conditional access to overseas mar- kets could help limit the commercial impact of an ASF outbreak in Aus- tralia.
•Intervention rates for high-risk international flights have been in- creased, which enables more travellers to be screened annually
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• The Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Bill 2020 – in- troduced into the House of Representatives in June – enables infringement notices with a higher value to be issued for goods that have not been declared on an incoming passenger card and pose a high biosecurity risk – the new legislation is pro- posed to commence on January 1, 2021.
• This sees more of- ficers, detector dogs and high-tech three-dimen- sional X-ray machines on the front line of airports and mail centres
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“Two men had their visas cancelled after at- tempting to bring in nearly 5kg of pork and pork products, seriously breaching Australia’s bi- osecurity laws.
“If ASF were to reach Australia it could have a significant impact on pig health and production, and contribute to wider economic impacts caused by a loss of access to overseas markets for our pork products.
“The zoning arrange- ment is comprehensive and covers a range of potential scenarios to minimise trade disruption in the event of an ASF outbreak in Australia, in- cluding ensuring exports can continue from non- affected states or terri- tories if the disease is detected in domestic pigs.
“The zoning arrange- ment is funded through the Australian govern- ment’s $66.6 million ASF Response Package, which has also funded more biosecurity officers, de- tector dogs and high-tech three-dimensional X-ray machines on the front line of airports and mail cen- tres.”
Australian Pork Lim- ited chief executive of- ficer Margo Andrae said the Australian pork in- dustry and APL warmly welcomed the announce- ment of the Australia-Sin- gapore ASF pre-emptive zoning arrangement.
“We extend our thanks to the Australian and Sin- gaporean governments for concluding this important arrangement, which will help maintain the flow of Australian pork exports to Singapore in the event of an outbreak,” Ms An- drae said.
“This is an important win for Singaporean consumers as well as for Aussie pig farmers, who now have greater cer-
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