PMAC's Organisational Timeline
1992: Market Access Consultative Committee – Plants was formed (an in-house committee of MAF now known as MPI). The committee was established so that MAF's Chief Plants Officer could consult industry on matters such as the development of new markets or the costs and efficiencies of maintaining access into existing ones.
1996: Review of Plant Export Certification Services instigated by MAF to explore processes that would:
1998: Plants Market Access Consultative Committee (PMACC) became an Incorporated Society. A memorandum of understanding was implemented between MAF and PMACC Inc to set up a forum to provide proactive co-operation between the horticultural and arable industries and MAF to ensure that market access outcomes were in the best interests of the Industry.
1999: MAF was restructured to form the MAF Biosecurity Authority and the MAF Food Safety Authority. Responsibility for providing official assurances to importing countries was split between so that:
2001: PMACC changed to Plants Market Access Council (PMAC) to enable a single joint industry/MAF Biosecurity/NZFSA consultative body with a MAF Biosecurity and NZFSA position reserved on the Executive Council alongside Industry members. Other changes included:
2006: PMAC Strategy published
2008: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) joining PMAC recognised the importance of ensuring MFAT staff are familiar with market access issues for plant product exporters by including MFAT representation on the Committee as a special member.
2010: An independent Chair was appointed to PMAC to facilitate consensus at meetings and represent PMAC views to external parties.
2011: PMAC Strategy updated
2012: MAF becomes MPI and PMAC’s website was updated. MAF amalgamates with NZFSA and the Ministry of Fisheries to become the Ministry for Primary Industries and the PMAC website is updated to make it more accessible.
2016: Michael Ahie appointed as independent Chairperson.
2018: PMAC’s website updated to allow better access from mobile devices and to improve social media interaction.
MPI’s market access activity to support plant product exporters is funded with money collected from the plants industry. Funds are collected as part of the cost of the phytosanitary certificate. These funds are deliberately cost recovered by Government from industry so that they can be used to support activities that benefit that industry.
From 1 August 2016, the phytosanitary certificate fees are:
In the 2014/15 year, 41,529 certificates were issued collecting about $1.47 million. About 9,000 of these certificates were for non-food products and 31,500 were for edible fruit and vegetables.
A phytosanitary certificate is provided to exporters where the product has been:
IVAs are certified by MPI to inspect product and provide the phytosanitary certificate on MPI’s behalf where the product is compliant.
A phytosanitary certificate accompanies a plant export, independent of the size of the export. The number of phytocertificates is therefore not proportional to the volume or value of plant products exported, instead matching the number of consignments that are sent.
Phytosanitary certificates are available for:
PMAC funds are collected in the phytocertificate fees for all of these products except forestry products.
Funds from forestry phytocertificates are accounted for separately within MPI and are not included in any of the activity on this web site. Advice on these funds is provided by the Forest Produce Export Committee.
PMAC's Annual Operating Budget
PMAC agrees its annual budget in June of each year. A budget is set for the workplan agreed between Industry and Government members on PMAC. This workplan is funded from the fees charged with each phytocertificate purchased by exporters (cost recovered funding). Once the budget is agreed, the phytocertificate fees for the year are set.
PMAC’s budgetary year matches MPI’s financial year and runs from 1 July to 30 June. Progress on the PMAC budget is reported quarterly to the entire Council and is reported on annually in the PMAC Annual Report released in October.
Work to support plant exports within MPI receives no government funding. MPI staff working in this area are supported either by the cost recovered funds described above or from fees paid by individual sectors and organisations for assistance with market access issues.