The Commodity Levy Order (Summerfruit) 2014 is due for renewal in 2020. The levy order is still in place for the 2019-20 season.
The process and expected timeframes to renew the levy are:
|i Consultation (up to three rounds)||
July – October
|iii Prepare application||
Feb – March 2020
|iv Submit application for review/MPI review of application||
April – August
|v Approval by Cabinet||
The renewal process always takes just on a year. Several key factors are:
- Consultation and balloting cannot occur between November and February due to the season.
- Much of the post-ballot process time is with MPI and outside Summerfruit NZ control.
- The 2020 renewal is complicated by the next election. We can only guess when this might occur but suggest it could take place anywhere between August – November 2020. This has implications for stage v above
Expect to hear more on levy renewal shortly and come along to the consultation meetings to have your say.