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24.02.2015 Market Access News Comments Off on Press Release – China wheat & barley protocol

Press Release – China wheat & barley protocol

Coordinated industry approach wins China wheat and barley protocol
The Australian Grains industry can be assured of ongoing trade worth in the order of $0.5-1.0 billion annually with China for wheat and barley following the agreement this month between both governments for a new biosecurity protocol.
The protocol is critical for ongoing trade, and was the result of a coordinated approach by the grains industry working together with government to achieve results, according to the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF).
GIMAF executive manager, Tony Russell, said that while country to country trade protocols on the surface are always agreements between governments, the industry plays a vital part in helping craft and support the content of such agreements through a major consultative process.
“This is an established protocol that normally rolls over every three years, however for the latest renewal China proposed additional quarantine considerations that required thorough examination and detailed industry planning to propose practical solutions,” Mr Russell said.
“Quarantine is an important trade issue because the rules between countries have to be sensible, scientifically based, effective and practically achievable – something that sounds simple, but in reality can be quite complex because issues, concerns and the science surrounding them can change over time.
“Dealing with issues like this is precisely why GIMAF was formed, because input is needed from right across the industry.
“Resolving the new wheat and barley protocol has been a long process involving numerous discussions between industry members and briefings with Department of Agriculture officials, all during the sensitive period when the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated.
“GIMAF has coordinated several industry forums involving exporters and growers over the period including the most recent one in Melbourne just prior to Christmas. Then earlier this month GIMAF coordinated an industry tour for Chinese quarantine officials to confirm first-hand their understanding of the Australian grain export chain, visiting research facilities, a typical farm, a country storage and delivery facility, and a bulk export terminal.
“We felt that thanks to the effort of all those involved with the tour, the delegation gained a strong appreciation of the industry’s coordinated approach to biosecurity matters – hence their willingness to initial the agreement during the visit, ahead of formal signing in April.
“GIMAF would like to place on record its appreciation for the efforts of Minister Joyce and the team within the Department of Agriculture for their work and positive cooperation with the industry on this issue,” Mr Russell said.
Further information: Tony Russell, executive manager, GIMAF ph 0419 890 669

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GIMAF was established in 2011 by the grain industry to work together with the Australian government and its agencies to develop and implement international market access plans for the grains, fodder and seeds industries. Its members are the peak industry bodies: the Australia Grain Exporters Association, Australian Fodder Industry Association, Australian Oilseeds Federation, Australian Seeds Federation, Grain Producers Australia and Pulse Australia.
About wheat and barley trade with China
Australia has exported wheat and barley to China since the early 1960s and it remains one of the most important markets for Australian cereals.
Australian export statistics to China (source: ABARES and GIMAF)

Quantity(tonnes) 2013 2014
Wheat 870,554 2,000,000
Malting Barley 1,053,174 1,000,000
Feed Barley 705,326 700,000

Value ($A) 2013 2014
Wheat $283,306,303 $700,000,000
Malting Barley $300,000,000 $280,000,000
Feed Barley $180,000,000 $160,000,000
Total $763,306,303 $1,140,000,000

18.02.2015 Market Access News Comments Off on 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