(1) No person shall export or attempt to export any fruit unless it has been inspected by an Inspector and unless there has been issued in respect thereof a certificate by an Inspector that the fruit has been duly passed as fit for export.
(2) It shall be the duty of every exporter to allow any Inspector to inspect any such fruit.
(3) All fruit intended for export shall be presented to an Inspector for inspection at such places, on such days, and within such hours as the Director or an Inspector from time to time directs, and an Inspector may refuse to inspect any fruit that is presented for inspection otherwise than in accordance with that direction.
(4) On being satisfied that any fruit is suitable for export as regards quality, maturity, condition, appearance, and in all other respects, and is graded, packed, and marked as required by these regulations, an Inspector shall give to the exporter in respect of the fruit a certificate or certificates that the fruit has been duly passed as fit for export.
(5) An Inspector may refuse to issue a certificate in respect of any fruit that is in his opinion unsuitable for export by reason of being infected, immature, over mature, under grade, over grade, or otherwise unfit for export, or by reason of being badly or improperly packed or marked or packed contrary to any of the requirements of these regulations.
(6) If any fruit which has been examined by an Inspector and passed for export has become prior to its export from the Cook Islands damaged or in the opinion of an Inspector has deteriorated, the owner of the fruit shall, if and when directed by an Inspector to do so, submit the fruit for re-examination, and shall on demand surrender to the Inspector the export certificate issued in respect thereof, if any, and if required by the Inspector, shall cause to be obliterated or cancelled the
“passed for export” stamps, if any have been applied to the cases in the line.
(7) If an Inspector is of opinion that a certificate in respect of any fruit should not be given, he shall forthwith give notice in writing to the exporter to that effect, stating the reason for his opinion, and requiring the fruit to be withheld from shipment, repacked to his satisfaction, or destroyed, as he considers necessary.
(8) There shall be paid for that inspection (in respect of every case or package of fruit passed for export) such fees as are prescribed by regulation 20 hereof, and all persons within the meaning of the term exporter as defined by these regulations, shall be jointly and severally liable for payment of those fees, and an Inspector may, if he thinks fit, decline to issue any certificate until payment of the fees, and any such fee remaining unpaid after the completion of the inspection may be recovered as a debt due to the Crown.
(9) Every person commits an offence against these regulations who fails to comply forthwith with any notice given by an Inspector under this regulation.