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27.08.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Positive progress on resuming Australian canola exports to China

Positive progress on resuming Australian canola exports to China


The Australian Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) recently hosted a reception in Beijing for members of both the Australian and the Chinese oilseed industry in order for them to demonstrate their strong support for the resumption of canola trade from Australia to China. Representatives from both the Australian and Chinese governments and their agencies were also present at the event.

The reception, formally opened by the Deputy Head of Mission from the Australian Embassy, Mr Graeme Meehan, came at the conclusion of very constructive meetings between Australian and Chinese Quarantine officials regarding the resumption of Australian canola exports to China. Discussions between the government officials have helped identify some of the gaps in the knowledge that need to be addressed in order to enable the resumption of canola trade.

The officials agreed that Chinese technical experts will visit Australia in order to better understand the operational and quality assurance protocols in place for canola exports to China. The visit, targeted to occur before the 2012 harvest, is viewed as being a critical step in building a greater knowledge base for both parties to facilitate trade in canola.

It is the intention of the parties that once an agreed research approach is developed, canola trade would resume to specific ports nominated by China. It is anticipated that trade could resume in time to capitalise on new crop stocks from the 2012 canola harvest.

Speaking at the reception, Nick Goddard, Executive Director of the Australian Oilseeds Federation, welcomed the positive progress made during the technical meetings, highlighting the benefit to the Chinese oilseed industry that would come from providing an additional choice for imported canola. He also reiterated the very strong and long term trading relationship that existed for grain products between the two countries, and the trusted commercial relationships that are in place between exporters and their Chinese customers.

The delegation would like to thank those representatives from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from Australia, and from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Beijing who were instrumental in achieving these positive outcomes.

August 24, 2012. Beijing.

26.06.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Electronic Import Permits for China

Electronic Import Permits for China

DAFF Biosecurity has advised in their Industry Advice Notice No.2012/26 that China has now adopted a new procedure for issuing electronic import permits. DAFF’s Agricultural Counsellor in Beijing has confirmed that the new electronic permits recently issued by Shanghai Quarantine Authorities which do not contain signatures or official stamps are authentic.
Exporters are advised to refer to MICoR (readily accessible from the Trade and Market Access tab on the GIMAF website) to check for all certification requirements and import conditions.

18.06.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Vietnam’s Law on Food Saftey

Vietnam’s Law on Food Saftey

DAFF issued an IAN on 13 June 2012 regarding a new law implemented on 11 June 2011 by Vietnam in relation to imported food products. Unfortunately Vietnam has not provided much clarity about the implications of the new law although it has been advised that ‘existing requirements will remain the basis for trade in food’. As there are no guidelines available and it is important that exporters understand the conditions it would be appreciated if any commercial disruption be notified immediatately incurred to either GIMAF or DAFF. Further IAN’s will be posted as information becomes available on this issue.

24.04.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Interim fumigation arrangement for Iranian Wheat Shipments

Interim fumigation arrangement for Iranian Wheat Shipments

DAFF Biosecurity  has agreed to an interim fumigation arrangement following Iran’s recent advice that all shipments of wheat must be fumigated prior to delivery.

The interim arrangement provides allowance for in-transit fumigation of wheat if onshore treatment is not possible.  DAFF Biosecurity will issue a Phytosanitary Certificate after documentary evidence has been supplied showing that the fumigation has been performed in accordance with requirements.  Specific details regarding Iran’s importing requirements and the issuance of the Phytosanitary Certificates for wheat can be found on the MICoR database following this link:

Meanwhile DAFF Biosecurity are still waiting on a response to a submission to the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, Plant Protection Organisation in Iran seeking a waiver of the mandatory fumigation of grain shipments due to Australia’s nil tolerance of live insects in exports.

24.04.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a review of existing requirement of nil tolerance for Methyl Bromide fumigations of cottonseed for stock feed to the United States. EPA has published a new rule proposing dispensation of tolerance for methyl bromide on cottonseed for stock feed. This will overturn an announcement in October 2011 where the MRL was reduced to zero, which effectively closed the trade in cottonseed for stock feed.
The proposed new rule is open for comments by interested parties. The public comment period for the announcement will close on June 5, 2012. In the meantime US authorities have indicated that it will issue import permits for Australian cottonseed but is suggesting that exporters not plan for shipments to arrive at US ports until the EPA ruling is ratified.

20.03.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on New Pulse Australia CEO

New Pulse Australia CEO

Pulse Australia has appointed former AWB, Elders and Namoi Cotton manager Tim Edgecombe as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Edgecombe will also take up the GIMAF board position left vacant following the retirement of former CEO Gavin Gibson who led Pulse Australia for 13 years.
Tim has broad experience in the grains industry. He was responsible for managing the AWB’s International Project Investment Division and later developed and promoted the strategic initiative that led to the AWB’s acquisition of Landmark from Wesfarmers in 2003.

19.03.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Canola access to China on the cards

Canola access to China on the cards

Investigation into recent media reports has found claims that Canadian canola exporters are able to apply for import permits to additional ports, including those in canola producing provinces, are false.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry investigation found no evidence to back up reports that Canadian access had been extended to ports previously unavailable.

Currently, Australian canola has no access arrangement with China as the transitional permit for access to China’s restricted ports, negotiated in 2009, has lapsed.

Following the recent publicity, interest from Australian exporters in revisiting the Chinese market with Canola has increased.

Those exporters genuinely interested in the Chinese canola market are urged to contact the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) and the Australian Oil Seeds Federation, before negotions to reopen access to Chinese ports begin.

19.03.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Iranian fumigation waiver sought

Iranian fumigation waiver sought

Iran’s new requirement that grain must be fumigated within 28 days of shipment is a priority for further discussion and negotiation for the Australian government.

The Biosecurity Services Group in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is seeking a waiver for Australian grain exporters, and has submitted a response through the Australian embassy in Tehran outlining its objections and requesting an explanation of why fumigation is required.

The industry sees mandatory fumigation as an extra cost for exporters which is unnecessary due to the industry’s nil tolerance on live insects in grain shipments from Australia.

In early February, Iranian quarantine authorities issued a statement outlining the new requirements, but did not provide an explanation of why this had come about. Grain exporters are expected to comply with the requirement while negotiations are carried out.