Fresh Produce Importers Association (FPIA)

Assisting members with matters related to the importation of fresh fruit and vegetables into South Africa


The FPIA was established in November 2010 and aims to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the South African import sector.

The FPIA considers and assists members with matters related to the importation of fresh fruit and vegetables into South Africa.  It also provides a mechanism to engage with regulatory authorities in a coordinated and informed manner with due consideration of the resolutions of the forum it constitutes and the interests of the fresh produce industry in South Africa as a whole.

Import Requirements: Plant Health


The World Trade Organisations’ Agreement of the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO – SPS Agreement) and the international plant health standard-setting body that it recognises, namely the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), give members the sovereign right to protect plants and the environment within their borders against foreign organisms.

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Food Safety & Quality Assurance


Most countries have established Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for pesticides used in the control of pest and diseases on agricultural produce.  These MRL’s safeguard consumer health and minimizes the presence of pesticide residues in the environment. As a condition of market access imported products must comply with local residue standards.

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Import News


Mozambique Pest Free Area protocol progress … Mozambique submitted an amended request for Pest Free Area recognition to DAFF in mid March 2012.  DAFF evaluated the amended protocol and are in the process of finalizing dates for a technical delegation from South Africa to visit and inspect the affected areas in Mozambique…

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Fresh Produce Importers Association (FPIA)

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