Export From Tonga

Inspection Procedures for Commercial Exporters of Fresh Agricultural Produce

1. Exporter to advise QQMD of intention to export fresh produce
2. Exporter to arrange with QQMD for time and place for inspection
3. Inspector to arrive at the inspection place at the appointed time to conduct inspection

 

Inspection for Non-Commercial Exporters of Fresh Agricultural Produce

Air Passengers
1. Exporter should arrive at the international airport three hours before the official departure time of the flight.
2. An inspector is to be available at the Airport one hour before the posted arrival time of flight for the purpose of conducting export inspection.
3. If there is sufficient time to conduct an inspection the Inspector shall inspect all produce presented for inspection.
4. Where insufficient time is available for inspection the inspector must refuse to conduct the inspection, refuse to issue certificate and refuse to allow the goods to be exported.
Goods exported by Sea
1. Unless goods are inspected earlier, the Exporter should arrive at the inspection area (Queen Salote Wharf or Neiafu Wharf) not less than one day before the official arrival time for the intended export vessel. If the goods are subject to treatment such as fumigation before export, exporters are to allow sufficient time for the treatment to take place before export.
2. Inspectors will  be available at the wharf office in Nukualofa and Neiafu for at least the three working days immediately prior to the arrival of each vessel for the purpose of carrying out export inspections and where necessary , treatments.
3. If there is sufficient time to conduct an inspection the Inspector shall inspect all produce presented for inspection.
4. Where insufficient time is available for inspection the Inspector must refuse to conduct the inspection, refuse to issue certification and refuse to allow the goods to be exported.

Procedures for Export Container
1. Contact the Quarantine Quality Management Division
2. Fill up the Export Inspection Form with the following details,
    • Date
    • Place of Loading
    • Product Name
    • Exporter Name
    • Allocate a Quarantine Officer in charge for that container
3. Exporter will pay
    • Over time for Quarantine Inspection
    • Vehicle –Provide means of transports for Quarantine Officer to conduct inspection.
    • The Container will be locked after every load and Quarantine officer will take the Key
    • Quarantine officer must attend every loading
    • Supervisor will follow up monitor all inspections for export containers both inside and outside the MAFFF Export Facility.
4. When container loading is completed
    • Export inspection Form must be completed by the Quarantine Officer before processing the Phytosanitary certificate.