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14.05.2019 Market Access News Comments Off on China, Indonesia and ASEAN – GIMAF Update March 2019

China, Indonesia and ASEAN – GIMAF Update March 2019

China, Indonesia and ASEAN were the key topics were discussed in GIMAF Update March 2019, with key messages for barley growers ahead of the 2019 season.

GIMAF was active in China and Indonesia during March 2019, along with a visit to the GIWA Barley Autumn Forum in Perth. Barley was dominating the trade discussion space, however the strongly positive development in Indonesia was the signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 4 March.

Australian industry delegation members following the IA-CEPA signing (image courtesy GIWA)

14.05.2019 Market Access News Comments Off on GIMAF Update February 2019

GIMAF Update February 2019

The GIMAF Forum met in Canberra on 6 February, with China the principal topic for discussion – exploring the future and how to manage challenges for this market.

In addition to China the Forum discussed progress on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) and ongoing challenges for pulse exports to India.

All these topics and more appear in GIMAF Update February 2019.

23.10.2018 Market Access News Comments Off on China demand to keep climbing

China demand to keep climbing

Image courtesy COFCO

A GIMAF delegation to China in September 2018 heard how continued growth in feed demand was using up corn stocks and creating opportunities to explore new imports such as Australian lupins for stockfeed. Numerous meetings with government officials and trade sources combined for a strongly positive visit. The GIMAF Forum on 9 October received a report on China, as well as discussing Indonesia, India, prospects for grain imports and many other topics, all of which are covered in GIMAF Update October 2018.

31.07.2018 Market Access News Comments Off on Industry Management Plan – Doing well, keep going

Industry Management Plan – Doing well, keep going

Doing well, keep going. That would be the bottom-line message arising from this year’s review of the Industry Management Plan (IMP) that was developed to support the Australia-China Wheat and Barley Protocol for the supply of Australian wheat and barley to China.

China, India, Indonesia and Pakistan were on the agenda when the GIMAF Forum met in Canberra on 10 July, along with discussion about non-tariff measures and maximum residue limits, all of which are covered in GIMAF July 2018 Forum Outcomes.

 

30.07.2018 Market Access News Comments Off on Pulses challenge continues – India and elsewhere

Pulses challenge continues – India and elsewhere

GIMAF attended the Global Pulse Confederation convention in Colombo (Sri Lanka) during May as part of efforts to gain more information about likely market developments and any potential for shifts in Indian market support policies. Follow to this report and other developments for India.

 

28.02.2018 Market Access News Comments Off on Indian agricultural policies challenge pulse trade

Indian agricultural policies challenge pulse trade

GIMAF and GPA visited India in early February to better understand the agricultural trade policies of the Indian Government and to assess opportunities for Australian pulses in the year to come. Read the story in this link

24.02.2015 Market Access News Comments Off on Press Release – China wheat & barley protocol

Press Release – China wheat & barley protocol

Coordinated industry approach wins China wheat and barley protocol
The Australian Grains industry can be assured of ongoing trade worth in the order of $0.5-1.0 billion annually with China for wheat and barley following the agreement this month between both governments for a new biosecurity protocol.
The protocol is critical for ongoing trade, and was the result of a coordinated approach by the grains industry working together with government to achieve results, according to the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF).
GIMAF executive manager, Tony Russell, said that while country to country trade protocols on the surface are always agreements between governments, the industry plays a vital part in helping craft and support the content of such agreements through a major consultative process.
“This is an established protocol that normally rolls over every three years, however for the latest renewal China proposed additional quarantine considerations that required thorough examination and detailed industry planning to propose practical solutions,” Mr Russell said.
“Quarantine is an important trade issue because the rules between countries have to be sensible, scientifically based, effective and practically achievable – something that sounds simple, but in reality can be quite complex because issues, concerns and the science surrounding them can change over time.
“Dealing with issues like this is precisely why GIMAF was formed, because input is needed from right across the industry.
“Resolving the new wheat and barley protocol has been a long process involving numerous discussions between industry members and briefings with Department of Agriculture officials, all during the sensitive period when the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated.
“GIMAF has coordinated several industry forums involving exporters and growers over the period including the most recent one in Melbourne just prior to Christmas. Then earlier this month GIMAF coordinated an industry tour for Chinese quarantine officials to confirm first-hand their understanding of the Australian grain export chain, visiting research facilities, a typical farm, a country storage and delivery facility, and a bulk export terminal.
“We felt that thanks to the effort of all those involved with the tour, the delegation gained a strong appreciation of the industry’s coordinated approach to biosecurity matters – hence their willingness to initial the agreement during the visit, ahead of formal signing in April.
“GIMAF would like to place on record its appreciation for the efforts of Minister Joyce and the team within the Department of Agriculture for their work and positive cooperation with the industry on this issue,” Mr Russell said.
Further information: Tony Russell, executive manager, GIMAF ph 0419 890 669

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About GIMAF
GIMAF was established in 2011 by the grain industry to work together with the Australian government and its agencies to develop and implement international market access plans for the grains, fodder and seeds industries. Its members are the peak industry bodies: the Australia Grain Exporters Association, Australian Fodder Industry Association, Australian Oilseeds Federation, Australian Seeds Federation, Grain Producers Australia and Pulse Australia.
About wheat and barley trade with China
Australia has exported wheat and barley to China since the early 1960s and it remains one of the most important markets for Australian cereals.
Australian export statistics to China (source: ABARES and GIMAF)

Quantity(tonnes) 2013 2014
Wheat 870,554 2,000,000
Malting Barley 1,053,174 1,000,000
Feed Barley 705,326 700,000

Value ($A) 2013 2014
Wheat $283,306,303 $700,000,000
Malting Barley $300,000,000 $280,000,000
Feed Barley $180,000,000 $160,000,000
Total $763,306,303 $1,140,000,000

18.02.2015 Market Access News Comments Off on New Wheat & Barley Protocol agreed with China

New Wheat & Barley Protocol agreed with China

The trade in wheat and barley from Australia to China is set to continue under a new protocol which will formally commence in April this year. Discussions for the new protocol have been on-going for over 12 months following concerns raised by Chinese quarantine agency AQSIQ about a number of weed seeds and pests in Australian cereal exports received in China.
AQSIQ has agreed to an Industry Management Plan under which shipments of wheat and barley to China will be executed in accordance with the requirements spelled out in the Department of Agriculture’s MICoR database. The outcome of the plan is to reduce the level of specified weed seeds and pests in shipments to China.
An import permit will also be required before exporters finalise contracts with Chinese buyers under the new protocol.
AQSIQ officials visited Australia in the first week of February this year to see first hand the critical control points that our industry has in the supply chain to manage weed seeds and pests from production through to shipment. The new protocol was initialled by Dr Zhao Hanqing from AQSIQ and Dr Vanessa Findlay from Department of Agriculture in Canberra and is scheduled for formal signing in Beijing in April this year.
A copy of the Industry Management Plan is attached below:

Wheat Barley to China Industry Management Plan Final Nov14