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Food export inspection fees rise

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The Federal Government has raised its fees for food export inspections, effective from yesterday, after defeating Senate opposition last week. The new fee scheme came through along with $40 million worth of reforms to make the food export process more efficient. Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke gave concessions to horticultural and meat processing exporters, though most sectors remain opposed to the fee system. "We argued horticulture should have been treated as a special case, because it's heavily reliant on getting fresh produce into export markets," said David Minnis, deputy chair of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association. The new scheme will affect exporters in the meat, seafood, dairy, grains and horticulture sectors.

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