18.02.2015 Market Access News

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