ePhyto Symposium – Malaysia – ePhyto testing is underway

Credit: IPPC 2018

Thank you to the IGTC delegation who joined us in Kuala Lumpur for the IPPC’s 3rd ePhyto Symposium! The IGTC took centre stage at the event on Tuesday, with a presentation given by Gerard McMullen of Grain Trade Australia (GTA) on behalf of IGTC. 

Four of the pilot countries signed up to the government-government initiative are currently sending and receiving ‘test’ certificates via the system (Argentina, Chile, Kenya, USA - for live updates click here). The broader testing phase, which includes reporting back on findings, is likely to continue throughout 2019. The exchange of ePhytos will not go “live” until after then.

An Industry Advisory Group met in the margins of the Symposium, during which there was agreement among trade flow representatives and governments on the need for companies to be involved in the test exchanges. This exercise will shine a light on the needs grain trade companies and others for the future implementation of ePhytos. 

The IGTC’s Working Group on electronic trading documentation has been informed of the full details of this project. If you are a grain trade leader and participant in IGTC, you can contact secretariat@igtcglobal.org to know more.