18.01.2012 Market Access News

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.