Optimising export entry to Australia - The OPI/CBIS Project
The Australian Offshore Pre-shipment Inspection (OPI) programme has been in place in New Zealand for over 20 years. OPI is a programme which facilitates trade to Australia of specified commodities by allowing the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) inspectors to perform phytosanitary inspections of product in New Zealand. This removes the need for inspection of product on arrival at the Australian border (although random checks may occasionally occur).
Commodities exported under the OPI arrangement include: apples, avocados, blueberries, capsicums, kiwifruit, citrus, persimmons, strawberries, tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, cherries, plums and apricots. The inspector availability timetable for May 2018 to April 2019 can be viewed here
In January 2017 DAWR confirmed that over the next four years OPI will be phased out and the Compliance-based Inspection Scheme (CBIS) will provide one way of exporting produce into Australia. CBIS rewards exporters who provide compliant produce by reducing the number of their consignments which must be inspected at the border. For more information see:
A PMAC/ MPI working group was established to input into OPI and CBIS. At its first meeting in December 2016 the working group discussed the situation and the need to find a positive way forward. The meeting identified industries concerns and provided MPI with a range of information it will use in its discussions with DAWR.
This group is meeting monthly during the transition phase and has released the following meeting updates.