Archive for 2012

23.11.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on 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

10.09.2012 Market Access News Comments Off on GIMAF gets Australian barley exports to Korea back on track

GIMAF gets Australian barley exports to Korea back on track

South Korea has accepted the Australian barley industry supply chain measures document which will now offer industry a practical alternative to the requirement to screen all barley shipments from Australia.

The acceptance of this document by South Korea is a big win for the Australian barley industry, noting however that industry will need to ensure compliance with the industry practices as outlined in the document prepared by the Australian Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) on behalf of the Australian barley industry.

The Supply chain measures document proposed that the requirement for freedom from live snails in Australian barley shipments will be done by a range of measures including:

  • Knowledge of the prevalence of, known as vineyard snail or common white snail, in grain received and stored in the Australian barley supply chain;
  • Barley will not be selected and allocated for shipment from areas where Cernuella virgata are  prevalent; and
  • Verification of the barley selection process through sampling and testing that barley selected for export will meet importing country phytosanitary requirements.

Industry should be aware that South Korea has warned that detection of snails in Australian barley consignments will result in additional quarantine measures, such as imposing import restrictions. Therefore it is the responsibility of industry to follow the measures as proposed in the document and provide written assurance to DAFF that consignments are free of snails and they have met their responsibility within the management plan. South Korea has requested DAFF to endorse phytosanitary certificates with the additional declaration ‘the consignment was inspected and found free from Cernuella virgata’.  DAFF will endorse phytosanitary certificates based upon exporters compliance with the supply chain measures as set out above, followed by DAFF inspection of the barley prior to export.

Exporters that do not comply with the industry best practices or are unable to provide written assurance will need to continue to screen barley for South Korea prior to DAFF phytosanitary inspection.

A copy of the industry management plan is attached here.

Barley to South Korea – Industry Management Plan

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.