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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.

18.01.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Setback Won’t Stop Further Negotiation

Setback Won’t Stop Further Negotiation

Exporting cottonseed into the United States remains high on the agenda of the GIMAF and Biosecurity Australia despite a setback in early January.

Australian cottonseed is a product in demand by US importers and it has been estimated that the trade could be worth up to $100m per year.

Protracted negotiations regarding APHIS supervision of methyl bromide fumigation in Australia had resulted in an agreement in mid 2011 for the fumigation to be performed under AQIS supervision only. Methyl bromide is used to address the possible presence and risks associated with the fungal disease Fusarium oxysporum.

However, on January 6, 2012, the use of Methyl Bromide on cottonseed for stockfeed imported to the US was banned.

Biosecurity Australia has technical discussions with US authorities planned for the beginning of February 2012 and, in consultation with GIMAF, will continue to pursue an outcome that will allow the trade to recommence without the use of Methyl Bromide.

18.01.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on A Logistical and Financial Burden on Indian Pulse Exports

A Logistical and Financial Burden on Indian Pulse Exports

Exporters are weighed down by the logistical and financial burden caused by mandatory Methyl Bromide fumigation on pulse exports to India.

Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) Executive Manager Tony Russell reports that Biosecurity Australia pressed the issue with Indian quarantine authorities in technical discussions in 2011.

Follow up discussions are planned in the first quarter of 2012.

Mr Russell has briefed Slava Zeman, the new Agriculture Counsellor who is taking up her posting in New Delhi at the end of January 2012, to ensure a sound understanding of the primary issues facing grains exporters to India.

17.01.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on Negotiations continue on Australia-Korea FTA

Negotiations continue on Australia-Korea FTA

GIMAF recently accompanied Minister Ludwig to the Republic of Korea where Minister Ludwig held discussions with the Korean Ministers for Agriculture and Trade on the bilateral agricultural relationship, and the Australia-Korea FTA negotiations.

Minister Ludwig spent time underlining Australia’s position regarding agriculture in the FTA negotiations. Korea’s focus has been distracted by the debate over the ratification of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). This has slowed progress in the Australia-Korea negotiations but Australia is making every effort to bring the FTA with Korea to a successful conclusion as soon as possible.

Minister Ludwig expressed his hope that Australia and Korea can conclude the FTA in the near future on terms that provide Australian farmers with similar access to that achieved by the United States under the Korea-United States FTA. The Minister noted that a level playing field in the Korean market for agriculture would be in the long-term interests of both countries.