23.11.2012 Market Access News

Resumption of Canola trade to China – a step closer

Resumption of Canola trade to China – a step closer

Good progress has been achieved this week towards the re-establishment of the trade of Australian canola to China.  The Australian Oilseed Federation sponsored a visit for 4 Chinese scientists to meet with Australian government officials,  researchers, agronomists specialising in canola production, and other grains industry people.  The visit commenced in Perth where the Chinese visitors were hosted by the newly formed Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre and included a visit to CBH’s Kwinana Grain Terminal.  Then the visitors met SARDI researchers and quarantine staff in Adelaide.  Melbourne was the next stop and the delegation received an excellent presentation from researchers and crop management experts at University of Melbourne followed by a meeting with some of the major canola exporters.  Then the visitors had the opportunity to walk in some crops of canola in the field and were able to see first hand agronomic practices to manage pests and diseases by Australian farmers.  A full day of meetings with DAFF Biosecurity in Canberra followed to resolve a joint research program on blackleg and discuss protocol conditions for Australian canola to China.  The final days of the visit included a visit to Graincorp’s Port Kembla terminal and a final stopover in Sydney prior to departure.  We are hopeful that the visit will lead to the resumption in the canola trade to China by Australian exporters