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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify the legislative requirements for perishable produce exportation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243857  Identify the legislative requirements for perishable produce exportation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Name the legislated institutions that regulate perishable produce exportation and their respective areas of jurisdiction.
  • Cite the regulatory elements of the Agricultural Product Standards 119 Act and the significance that these have on the exportation of perishable produce.
  • Identify the regulations and requirements of the Perishable Products Export Control Act.
  • Recognise the defined pests and organisms that affect the phytosanitary acceptability of a consignment and the requirements of the relative bilateral and protocol agreements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Mathematical Literacy and Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Indicate the relevant legislated bodies that preside over the perishable produce export industry, their specific regulatory functions and registration requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The institutions include but are not limited to:
  • PPECB (Perishable Products Export Control Board), credit worthiness, DOA (Department of Agriculture), DOT (Department of Transport). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The jurisdiction of the PPECB within the perishable produce exportation industry is indicated and the processes to achieve export certification with the board are detailed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The jurisdiction includes but is not limited to:
  • Depot registration, cold store registration, CSC (Container Safety Certificate), container registration, ship's hold certification, export provider certification.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why credit worthiness is a prerequisite for export registration and the methods for determining credit ratings are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The jurisdiction of the DOA and the processes that must be followed to attain the relevant exportation registration are detailed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The jurisdiction includes but is not limited to:
  • Exporter's registration, setting of quality standards, phytosanitary standards and consignment certification.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The jurisdiction of the DOT and the processes that must be followed to achieve registration are detailed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The jurisdiction includes but is not limited to:
  • Rail, air and road motor transportation registration.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the objectives and applicable regulations of the Agricultural Product Standards Act and the requirements that must be complied with. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • APS Act (Agricultural Product Standards) 119 Act of1990, objectives of the Act, product groups, appointment of assignees, power of authority, access for sampling and inspection, sampling and examination environment, control of export sales, packing, marking and labelling, "distinctive marks", misleading descriptions, service levies, offences and seizures, confidentiality/secrecy, appeals, exemptions, dispensations. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objectives of the Act and the perishable product groups that it serves to regulate, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The provisions of the Act that allow for the appointment of assignees and the powers that have been conferred to them, are detailed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The powers of assignees include but are not limited to:
  • Promulgate regulations, protect SA export markets, grading, setting of quality standards, regulate inspection, imposition of restrictions, product marking, determine service levies, promulgate offences, appeal procedures.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The provisions of the Act that allow the assignees unhindered access to the exporter's premises for sampling and inspection of the produce are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The specifications for the facilities and minimum standards that are required in the produce examination environment are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The stipulations for packing, marking and labelling the products, including the prescriptions for a "distinctive mark" for a particular product are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The stipulations regarding the prohibition of false or misleading descriptions of products and the consequences of committing misrepresentations are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The provisions of the Act that govern the determination of export service levies and the impact that these have on the export costs, are related. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The various offences as stipulated in the Act, are detailed and the seizures that are allowed when these have been committed, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The provisions that refer to the confidentiality/secrecy of information and the responsibility for all to abide by these is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The right of appeal against an export assessment and the prescribed manner in which this must be lodged, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The stipulations that allow for certain exemptions or dispensations to be granted and the circumstances when these may be arranged, are indicated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Indicate the regulatory requirements that emanate from the PPECB Act. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • PPEC act of 1983, objectives of the act, authority and responsibility of Board, class of containment, suitability of vessels, regulations for facilities, handling requirements, set and manage freight rates and levies, transport requirements, offences, appeals. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A broad outline of the Act's objectives and the areas that it serves to regulate, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The provisions of the Act that control the shipment of perishable produce and the stages in which the assignees responsibilities begins and ends, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The stipulations of the Act that govern the inspection and suitability of vessels for conveying perishable produce, and the requirements for each class of containment are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The regulations and requirements for the registration and certification of various conveyancing equipment and facilities are detailed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of conveyancing equipment and facilities include but are not limited to:
  • Vessels, Containers, RRMTs (Refrigerated Road Motor Transport) and cold stores.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The regulations and requirements for handling perishable produce are indicated, and the infrastructure that must be provided to comply with these provisions is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The provisions that allow the board to set and manage freight rates and levies are indicated and the consultative processes that must be followed before these are enacted, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The various offences stipulated in the Act and the procedures that must be followed to confirm that the alleged offences have been committed, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The right of appeal against the assignees export ruling and the prescribed manner in which this must be lodged, is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe PPECB's role in regulating the operational functions of exportation and the ensuing consequences for industry stakeholders. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The regulated operational functions include but are not limited to:
  • Cleansing and disinfecting facilities, volume apportionment, confirmation of type of produce and volume estimates, frequency of inspection and verification, operation of refrigeration and cold chain equipment, loading of select cargoes, confirmation from ship owners, diverting a shipment, handling requirements, insurance claims, monitoring the en route cold chain. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The regulations and requirements for cleaning and disinfecting cold storage or conveyancing equipment and facilities are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The regulations regarding the volumetric apportionment for the various produce types in containers and vessels are indicated and the cost implications of these are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The frequency of inspection and verification, after the initial certification, for the various conveyancing equipment and facilities, are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The aspects of the regulations that relate to the operation of refrigeration and all associated cold chain equipment and the requirements for these are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The supervisory role that the assignee plays in loading select cargoes is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The regulations that call for confirmation of the type of produce and the estimates of intended volumes of produce are indicated and the cost implications of not meeting these quotas, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The regulations that require confirmation from ship owners of the amount of space available for perishable produce are indicated and the facilitating role that the board plays in informing the industry thereof, is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The regulations that allow the assignee to divert a perishable produce shipment from its intended destination to another port are indicated and the circumstances when this is invoked, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The role that the board plays in monitoring the en route cold chain beyond SA's borders is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The mediating role that the board assumes in instances of insurance or other claims by involved parties is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the influence that the phytosanitary regulations have on perishable produce exportation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • Objectives of the regulations, examples of pests and organisms, international protocols and bilateral agreements, training, special market requirements, cold chain verifiers. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A broad outline of the objectives of the phytosanitary regulations and the product groups that are significantly affected by the defined pests and organisms are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of the most commonly occurring pests and organisms are indicated and a brief description of their identifying characteristics are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    False codling moth, thrips, fruit fly, bacterial wilt.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why the phytosanitary requirements are set by International protocols and bilateral agreements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Examples of markets that have particular phytosanitary exclusions are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures that are followed when a special phytosanitary inspection and declaration is required, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The implications of a consignment being declared unsuitable for its intended destination, due to a phytosanitary non conformity, are related and the options that may be explored for the consignment to be routed to an alternate destination are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The reasons why cold chain verifiers have the authority to reject a consignment that might have been previously declared fit for export, are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying the legislation and the respective regulations to ensure compliance with export requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Participate with others in the formulation of procedures to comply with new regulations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Coordinating all the activities concerning an examination of perishable produce with the packhouse schedules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Evaluate the current exportation procedures with new international legislation or regulations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Relaying information to all affected parties of any new legislation or regulations that is pending or has been promulgated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Utilising electronic measuring and logging equipment to verify the cold chain and the compliance with the relevant regulations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication/reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58348   National Certificate: Perishable Produce Export Technology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


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