Ex­port fees go to vote

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A VOTE on a com­pul­sory $6 levy per head for live dairy ex­ports is ex­pected to be held at the Aus­tralian Live­stock Ex­porters’ Coun­cil (ALEC) AGM in Novem­ber. Aus­tralian live­stock ex­porters cur­rently pay statu­tory ex­port charges on ex­ported beef cat­tle, sheep and goats. In 2006 live­stock ex­porters chose to ini­ti­ate a vol­un­tary charge on ex­ported dairy cat­tle, in­tro­duced to en­able fund­ing for sec­tor-spe­cific RD & E and mar­ket­ing at a rate of $3 per head. ALEC mem­bers voted to in­crease the vol­un­tary charge to $6 per head in 2014. ALEC CEO Si­mon West­away said the ex­ist­ing vol­un­tary dairy cat­tle ex­port charge is sig­nif­i­cantly un­der-col­lected. “It is not suf­fi­cient to meet the RD & E and mar­ket­ing needs of our dairy cat­tle ex­port sec­tor which is worth $127 mil­lion FOB (FY 2016–17),” Mr West­away said. A con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod be­gan in May 2017 and this has been ex­tended un­til Oc­to­ber 13. “We’ve had en­cour­ag­ing en­gage­ment with pro­ducer groups and we’re grate­ful for the sup­port of the likes of the Aus­tralian Dairy Farm­ers, the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion and NSW Farm­ers,” Mr West­away said. “We want to max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment with live­stock ex­porters and rel­e­vant in­dus­try bod­ies.” Fol­low­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment li­cenced live­stock ex­porters will vote on the es­tab­lish­ment of the statu­tory charge. ALEC is over­see­ing this process in ac­cor­dance with the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Levy Prin­ci­ples and Guide­lines.

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