Grains exporters say the Wheat Port Code has struck the right balance in creating a more competitive Australian wheat industry, according to feedback to the ongoing review of the Code.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said industry feedback reflected in the interim report of the review released shows the Code is helping support exporter access to ports.
“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.
“All signs show the Code has reduced regulatory burden and is supporting bulk wheat exporters do business, which is very important when you note Australia exports the majority of our wheat crop.
“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.
“Australia exported 22 million tonnes of wheat valued at over $6 billion 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.
“It is one more way the Government is committed to backing our farmers through practical agricultural policies that support our thriving export industry.”
Source: Australian Government