National

BAF introduces E-certification for commercial exports of plant products

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has started issuing electronic Phytosanitary certification for all commercial exports of plants and plant products from Fiji to overseas export market destinations. In a statement, BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Khan said the introduction of the e-phytosanitary certificates is in accordance with the Authority’s compliance to international standards and […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 5, 2016 7:22 am

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has started issuing electronic Phytosanitary certification for all commercial exports of plants and plant products from Fiji to overseas export market destinations.

BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Riyaz Khan.
BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Riyaz Khan.

In a statement, BAF Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Khan said the introduction of the e-phytosanitary certificates is in accordance with the Authority’s compliance to international standards and adherence to best international practices.

Mr Khan added that the e-certification has many benefits as it will greatly reduce all attempts of fraudulent practices, acknowledging that the enhanced security features inbuilt in the system will prevent any tampering, forging or amending of the e-certificates.

KHAN: “Certification errors will also be reduced with the use of database and there will be improved efficiency and accuracy in certification with lesser mistakes. The style and format of the certificates has been benchmarked and related to international standards. This will also allow BAF to easily generate reports from the database.”

Some of the new features of the e-Phytosanitary certificates include:

  • Watermark of BAF logo and background print
  • Embossed seal
  • Certificates generated in full-colour print on a thick paper
  • Typed documents with no hand writing
  • No erasures on the document

Meanwhile, BAF will also include Zoo-sanitary e-certification and also set up a 24/7 e-certification processing centre in Biosecurity Authority Headquarters for centralised processing while the district station levels will print and distribute the e-certificates.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.