Sunday 23rd Sep, 2018

Minister calls for ‘Wheat Port Code’ submissions


AGRICULTURE minister David Littleproud says a review of the Wheat Port Code is important in order to ensure ongoing effective trade.

Mr Littleproud has called for submissions into the Code which was adopted in September 2014.

“Our ports are the gateway to the world for our farmers and it is vital the integrity and transparency of port access across a range of exporters is maintained,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Wheat Port Code was introduced in September 2014 to cut red tape, increase operational transparency and better safeguard the export grain supply chain.”

The Minister said all signs were the Code had reduced the regulatory burden and was supporting bulk wheat exporters do business.

“It’s important that measures like the Wheat Port Code are reviewed to ensure they are effective, especially as competition in our key export markets grows,” he said.

“Australia exported 22m tonnes of wheat valued at over $6bn in 2016-17, which emphasises the critical role our ports play in this valuable industry.

“Grain exporters are encouraged to share their experiences with accessing port infrastructure since the Code came into effect in 2014, as part of the consultation process.”

Fast facts:

  • Most of Australia’s wheat crop is shipped to countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • Submissions are to remain open until 1 June, 2018.
  • The Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct is enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: Office of David Littleproud

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