Code has perfect balance
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.”