Code has perfect bal­ance

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

GRAIN ex­porters say the Wheat Port Code has struck the right bal­ance in cre­at­ing a more com­pet­i­tive Aus­tralian wheat in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to feed­back to the on­go­ing re­view of the code.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources David Lit­tleproud said in­dus­try feed­back re­flected in the in­terim re­port of the re­view re­leased this week showed the code was help­ing sup­port ex­porter ac­cess to ports.

“Our ports are the gate­way to the world for our farm­ers and it is vi­tal the in­tegrity and trans­parency of port ac­cess across a range of ex­porters is main­tained,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“The Wheat Port Code was in­tro­duced in Septem­ber 2014 to cut red tape, in­crease op­er­a­tional trans­parency and bet­ter safe­guard the ex­port grain sup­ply chain.

“All signs show the code has re­duced reg­u­la­tory bur­den and is sup­port­ing bulk wheat ex­porters do busi­ness, which is very im­por­tant when you note Aus­tralia ex­ports the ma­jor­ity of our wheat crop.

“It’s im­por­tant that mea­sures like the Wheat Port Code are re­viewed to en­sure they are ef­fec­tive, es­pe­cially as com­pe­ti­tion in our key ex­port mar­kets grows.”

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