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					     SEED POTATO MARKETING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE
                      2009 CROP


1.     PLANT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

       1.1   All seed potatoes marketed must be from a crop, which has been
             certified and classified by the Department. The standards for grading
             and packing of all consignments are set out at Seed Potatoes
             Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001. In some instances additional
             requirements set by the importing country will also have to be met.

       1.2   Export to EC countries (including to GB) and any movement within NI.
             Before marketing Basic seed potatoes a plant passport (label) supplied
             by the Department must be affixed to each package or container and
             sealed by the Department’s Quality Assurance Branch.

       1.3   Exports to non-EC countries and the Canary Islands. Seed potatoes for
             shipment to non-EC countries and the Canary Islands must be
             accompanied by a phytosanitary (plant health) certificate issued by
             Quality Assurance Branch.

       1.4   Merchants are advised to give growers a reasonable amount of time to
             grade and pack consignments in order to allow at least two days for
             “curing” prior to farm inspection, sealing and loading for despatch. This
             is particularly important for shipment in containers.

       1.5   Guidance on packaging, labelling and inspection procedures is given in
             the following paragraphs.

       1.6   The fee for the inspection and sealing of seed potatoes from the 2009
             crop is unchanged at £4.40 per tonne sealed. This includes the supply
             of plant passports (labels). Full or partial details will be printed by the
             Department on request, at no extra cost. Inside labels are generally not
             required, except where they are required by the importing country.
2.   BAGS AND CONTAINERS

     Bags should be new, clean and of a type approved by DARD Quality Assurance
     Branch.

     Merchants intending to market seed potatoes in 500 kg or 1,000 kg bags or
     boxes must inform the local inspector of their intention prior to the
     commencement of packing to facilitate inspection. 500 kg or 1,000 kg bags
     must be new. For the 2009 crop the plastic seals will continue to be used.

     Boxes or containers should be new or having been previously used for any
     purpose, must be cleaned and disinfected to the satisfaction of the inspector.



3.   BRANDS

     All packages or containers used for seed shipment should contain the following
     particulars, which will be known and referred to as the Standard Brand:-

           Northern Ireland Pre-Basic Seed Potatoes or Basic Seed Potatoes

           The name, or initials or trade brand or other symbols (eg plant health
           registration number) identifying the person at whose request the pre-
           basic seed potatoes or basic seed potatoes are sealed.

           Net Weight (kgs)

           Class, EC grade and size are optional subject to customer requirements.

     The letters and figures in the brand should be at least 50mm in height. It is
     suggested that “Northern Ireland” should be emphasised by branding in letters
     greater than 50mm.

     Information shown in the brand must correspond with that on the passport.

     Where it is intended to market seed potatoes in packages or containers that do
     not have the Standard Brand the Department should be contacted to ensure
     that the proposed branding is acceptable.
4.      IMPORTING COUNTRY REQUIREMENTS


        Merchants are reminded that importing countries may specify additional
        conditions and regulations. The following are the requirements for some of the
        countries, which import Northern Ireland seed potatoes.



        COUNTRY             BRAND                    OTHER REQUIREMENTS


     EC Countries        Standard     or Maximum of 25mm size band allowed.
                         other           The potatoes should only be grown on land
                         approved        where wart disease is not known to have
                         brand           occurred or where the land was previously
                                         infected the absence of wart disease has
                                         been confirmed by two clear official tests.
                         Standard     or Maximum of 20 mm size band allowed. Only
     Canary Islands      other           potatoes grown more than 2 km from the
                         approved        nearest wart disease outbreak will be
                         brand           accepted.
                         Standard     or Wart disease has not been known to occur
     Algeria             other           on the land in which potatoes were grown.
     Morocco             approved
     Turkey              brand


5.     OFFICIAL PASSPORT

       (a)     An official passport (label) with the grower’s Plant Health Registration
               number printed in permanent black ink must be attached to all packages
               or containers.

        (b)    When seed potatoes are being marketed anywhere in the European
               Community the EC grade must be shown on the label in addition to the
               NI class.
            NI Class/EC Grade equivalents are as follows:-

            NI Class               Equivalent EC Grade
            Pre-Basic TC)
            Pre-basic 1,2,3&4)     EC Grade 1


            SEI)
            SE2)                   EC Grade 2
            SE3)

            Elite (not “E”)        EC Grade 2

            A                      EC Grade 3


     (d)    For potatoes grown under contract, the passport must show both the
            merchant’s and contact grower’s plant health registration number e.g.
            UK/NI 8888-9999 where “8888” represents the Merchant and “9999” the
            Grower.

     (e)    Passports must not be re-used.

     (f)    Passports bearing manuscript changes will not be sealed.         Any
            unauthorised amendments or changes made after sealing will render the
            passport invalid.

     (g)    Bags should only contain an inside label if this is a requirement of the
            importing country (an additional passport, containing the same
            information as the official passport, can be used for this purpose).


6.   CHEMICAL TREATMENT

     Where a consignment has been chemically treated (eg to control gangrene), the
     name of the chemical and time of application (ie at storage or at riddling) should
     not be shown on the official passport (label) but on a separate label.

     The supplier of the chemical may be able to provide the labels.
7.   INSPECTION

     (a)    Seed Potatoes for marketing in EC Countries will only be inspected and
            sealed on the farm or store, as appropriate, prior to transport to final
            destination. It is essential that the Inspector is presented with the correct
            quantity and details of destination. Inspections will only be carried out
            if suitable inspection facilities are available on the premises,
            namely an inspection shute and adequate lighting.

     (b)    All seed potatoes for shipment to non-EC destinations and the Canary
            Islands must be:-

            (i)     inspected and sealed on the farm;

            (ii)    presented to an Inspector at the docks for check inspection before
                    shipment or finalised on the farm;

            (iii)   re-presented for check inspection if they remain in the store for
                    more than 14 days after inspection and sealing.

     (c) The necessary documents (form SD1 and the shipping document) for each
         lot must be presented to an Inspector at the docks. The shipping document
         must show the quantity (number of bags), the country of destination and the
         names of the stevedore firm and shipping agent handling the cargo or
         containers. Lots presented without proper documents will not be accepted.



8.   TRANSPORTATION

     (a)    In Northern Ireland

            All potatoes transported on trailers, flats and lorries should be covered in
            such a way that they are completely protected from rain and frost.

      (b)   To Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland

            Loads on trailers, flats and lorries should be double sheeted from end to
            end and insulated sufficiently to protect the load from frost.

            “Tautliners” are satisfactory provided the floor, sides and tops of the bags
            are adequately protected from frost and condensation by the use of
            insulation and moisture absorbent materials e.g. corrugated cardboard.
     (c)   To Foreign Destinations

           (i)     When cargoes are laid down in sheds, there should be heavy
                   tarpaulin-type covers and/or heating equipment sufficient to
                   prevent frost damage.

           (ii)    Non-insulated containers are satisfactory provided the floor, sides
                   and tops of the bags are adequately protected from frost and
                   condensation by the use of insulating materials eg corrugated
                   cardboard. Such containers should not be left outdoors during
                   frosty weather after loading.

           (iii)   Straw is no longer permitted as an insulating material for loads.



9.   PHYTOSANITARY    CERTIFICATES   (FOR   DESTINATIONS
     OUTSIDE THE EC AND FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS)

     a)    Phytosanitary Certificates for Transhipment

           At least 2 working days notice in writing should be given by the supplying
           merchant to the Department’s Quality Assurance Branch, Room 115,
           Magnet House, 81-93 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1 AB, Telephone: 028
           9054 7198 Fax: 028 9054 7204. Details given should include consignor,
           variety, quantity, class/grade, grower’s plant health registration number,
           Northern Ireland port of shipment, consignee and eventual destination.
           UNLESS PRIOR NOTICE IS GIVEN A PHYTOSANITARY
           CERTIFICATE MAY NOT BE ISSUED.

     b)    The Department will not:-

           (i)     Issue phytosanitary certificates at variance with those already
                   agreed and normally accepted by customer countries unless the
                   shipping merchant has reached PRIOR agreement with Quality
                   Assurance Branch BEFORE finalising the transaction with the
                   customer;

           (ii)    Accept for inspection at any port potatoes for foreign shipment
                   unless Quality Assurance Branch has been given at least 2
                   working days notice of shipping details by the provisions of a copy
                   of the Bill of Lading or other similar document.
10. VARIATIONS FROM THESE ARRANGEMENTS

     Variations from the above arrangements will not normally be permitted,
     however, requests for minor variations PRIOR TO THEIR IMPLEMENTATION
     will be considered.


11. It is the responsibility of the merchant to inform his haulier or agent of the
     shipping arrangements.


12. THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE FOR GENERAL GUIDANCE ONLY.
     DETAILS OF INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENTS TO NON-EC COUNTRIES SHOULD
     BE CLEARED IN ADVANCE WITH QUALITY ASSURANCE BRANCH, ROOM
     1025, DUNDONALD HOUSE, UPPER NEWTOWNARDS ROAD, BELFAST
     BT4 3SB. (TELEPHONE 028 9052 4426, FAX 028 9052 4671).


13. PLANT BREEDER’S RIGHTS

     Merchants should note that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have
     received the necessary consent for marketing seed potatoes of any variety,
     which is subject to Plant Breeder’s Rights.


14. FURTHER INFORMATION

     Further information on Northern Ireland Seed Potatoes and the Register of Pre-
     Basic and Basic Seed Potato Crops 2009 can be viewed on the DARD Internet
     site at www.dardni.gov.uk/seed-potato-classification-scheme.


Issued by Quality Assurance Branch
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Room 1019
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 3SB

				
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