Red tape cut for agricultural exports

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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has announced that the agricultural industry would benefit from increased governmental support including assistance in cutting red tape for agricultural exports. $30 million in support will be provided by the Federal Government as well as $30 million per annum in reduced red tape for agricultural export industries, after changes were made to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export certification services under the Export Certification Reform Package designed to offer more flexible arrangements for exporters. "In October 2011, improvements in the meat inspection program introduced flexibility and efficiency through the implementation of AQIS Authorised Officers. Changes to the meat program will reduce the regulatory cost of export certification by $27 million per annum and are being supported by $25.8 million in transitional assistance," Ludwig said. The meat export industry was not the only one that will see benefits. Ludwig announced, "On 1 January 2012, new arrangements commenced for exports of grain, fish and egg products. The Government will provide $1.5 million to support efficiencies in the fish and eggs program and $2.5 million to support the changes to the grain export program." These new implementations were created in consultation with exporters, says Ludwig, as he urged the Opposition to get behind the changes. "I’m calling on the Opposition to support these important reforms, including underpinning regulations, and show their commitment to jobs in regional Australia rather than playing politics with regional communities," he said, adding, "Export reforms will improve confidence in Australia’s export certification systems and improve the competitiveness of Australia’s $32 billion agricultural export industries." The reforms will affect the various sectors in different ways. For more information on each sector, visit AQIS.


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