Plants and quarantine
Interstate Certification Assurance
If you export fruit or vegetables from the Northern Territory (NT) you must apply for Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA).
ICA is a nationally recognised plant health certification system. Your ICA allows you to export produce knowing it has met strict quarantine guidelines before arriving interstate.
How ICA works
ICA is based on operational procedures developed with industry and interstate quarantine authorities.
It allows you to move you produce interstate without the need for quarantine checks.
To become accredited you must show your business has effective in-house procedures in place that meet interstate quarantine rules.
How to apply
To apply for ICA accreditation you must fill in an application .
If you want accreditation to export more than one item you must fill in a separate form.
Get your businesses assessed
When you are being assessed for ICA accreditation a plant biosecurity officer will look at:
- the scope of the procedure, including pests, products and locations
- what quarantine requirements have to be met
- the responsibilities of staff involved in managing the ICA system
- design features including your business's standards for inspection and treatment
- what process controls must be put in placed
- your record keeping
Once you have been accredited, plant biosecurity officers will make regular visits to make sure your business continues to meet ICA standards.
For more information go to the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.
Last updated: 13 April 2022
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