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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3570

Mr Bruce Scott asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in writing, on 3 February 2009:

(1)   With the establishment of Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) under the Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008, how many wheat export licences have been issued since 1 July 2008.

(2)   As exporters wanting to export bulk wheat must now be accredited by WEA, (a) what companies have been accredited and issued with licences to export bulk wheat from Australia, and (b) are there any exemptions.

(3)   What approved tonnages do the licences cover, and are there any limitations.

(4)   To which nations is the bulk wheat being exported.

(5)   Which export terminals do the bulk wheat licences cover.

(6)   What licences cover non-bulk wheat exportation, and are there any exemptions or limitations.

Mr Burke (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   From 1 July 2008 until 11 March 2009 Wheat Exports Australia accredited twenty three companies to export bulk wheat.

(2) (a)   Accredited companies are: ABB Grain Ltd; AWB (Australia) Limited; AWB Harvest Finance Limited; Bunge Agribusiness Australia Pty Ltd; Cargill Australia Limited; Concordia Agritrading (Australia) Pty Ltd; Elders Toepfer Grain Pty Ltd; Emerald Group Australia Pty Ltd; Glencore Grain Pty Ltd; Goodman Fielder Consumer Foods Pty Ltd; GrainCorp Limited; GrainCorp Operations Limited, Grain Pool Pty Ltd; J.K. International Pty Ltd; Lempriere Grain Pty Ltd; Louis Dreyfus Australia Pty Ltd; Marubeni Australia Limited; Noble Resources Australia Pty Ltd; OzEpulse Pty Ltd; Pentag Commodities Pty Limited; Queensland Cotton Corporation Pty Ltd; Riverina (Australia) Pty Limited and Sumitomo Australia Pty Ltd. (b) All exporters who want to export bulk wheat from Australia must be accredited by Wheat Exports Australia under the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme.

(3)   WEA cannot impose tonnage limitations unless a company seeks to limit its bulk exports as part of its application for accreditation. Tonnage limits apply to: Goodman Fielder Consumer Foods Pty Ltd, J.K. International Pty Ltd, Lempriere Grain Pty Ltd; OzEpulse Pty Ltd and Pentag Commodities Pty Limited. Details are available on the WEA website All other accredited exporters have no tonnage limitations.

(4)   Since October 2008 bulk wheat has been exported to the following 29 countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Yemen.

(5)   Accreditations by WEA to export bulk wheat do not specify the port terminal to be used for export. Accreditations allow bulk wheat exporters to export from any port of their choosing. However, the legislation imposes specific requirements on accredited exporters or associated entities who also operate port terminal facilities to make sure they allow access to other exporters on fair and reasonable commercial terms.

(6)   The Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme applies to bulk wheat exports only. Accreditation is not required for non-bulk wheat exports.