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Cutting red tape for grain exporters

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The federal government is cutting unnecessary costs and delays for grain exporters following the approval of a new inspection process.  

The new Export Compliance Goods Storage (ECGS) allows registered establishments to have more flexibility in the storage, handling and shipment of grains and other plant products for export.  

The new process was adopted recently at the Newcastle Agri Terminal to help streamline grain exports.  

“Sometimes inspections during loading can lead to delays and added costs,” said Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce.  

“I understand exporters’ frustration with unnecessary red tape and recognise that they need a system that’s behind them, not making it harder.  

“The Australian Government’s role is to streamline the export process and make it easier to share our high-quality products with the world.”  

Under the new process, the point of inspection for grain moves from the point-of-export to earlier in the supply chain. At the same time, importing countries are assured their requirements are being met.  

When an exporter brings a ship alongside the berth, loading can now start immediately without the threat of a stoppage or rejection of the goods – because goods would have already been inspected and found to meet importing country requirements.  News_Cutting red tape_BarnabyJoyce

“This can save expensive demurrage costs which can be as much as $10,000 - $140,000 per day,” Mr Joyce said.  

Mr Joyce encouraged grain terminals and export facilities to apply to be ECGS registered, as Newcastle Agri Terminal has done.  

For more information on ECGS and to find out how to apply, visit the Department of Agriculture’s website.

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