19.03.2012 Market Access News

Iranian fumigation waiver sought

Iran’s new requirement that grain must be fumigated within 28 days of shipment is a priority for further discussion and negotiation for the Australian government.

The Biosecurity Services Group in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is seeking a waiver for Australian grain exporters, and has submitted a response through the Australian embassy in Tehran outlining its objections and requesting an explanation of why fumigation is required.

The industry sees mandatory fumigation as an extra cost for exporters which is unnecessary due to the industry’s nil tolerance on live insects in grain shipments from Australia.

In early February, Iranian quarantine authorities issued a statement outlining the new requirements, but did not provide an explanation of why this had come about. Grain exporters are expected to comply with the requirement while negotiations are carried out.