The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
(Department) has undertaken a review of the
existing fees and charges levied on plant, food, meat, dairy, fish
and egg exports. The Department believes, according to their latest
Position Paper, it is necessary to update current costs
recovery arrangements, as they have not kept pace with changes to
the Department's business operating model for biosecurity and
export certification activities. They also state that the redesign
will simplify the fee structure and ensure the cost recovery
process is more 'equitable.' The redesigned levies came
into effect as of 1 December 2015.
Plant exports are currently regulated under the Export
Control Act 1982 (Cth)and grain and horticulture products
captured by the new charges include the following: barley, canola,
chickpeas, dried field peas, faba beans, lentils, mung beans, oats,
nuts, sorghum, soybeans, whole vetch, cotton, wheat, fodder, straw
products, timber products, tissue products, and any seeds or grain
not previously listed.
The Department has issued the 2015-2016 Draft Charging
Guidelines, and have suggested the following new charges for Plant
Export Certification registration and establishment.
Application to register
Per initial establishment application
Establishment registration – simple
An establishment that exports non bulk grain and other plant
products such as timber.
Establishment registration – complex
An establishment that loads large unpackaged qualities of bulk
grain directly into a vessel for export.
Organic certifying organisation
They have also introduced the following tonnage levies. The
tonnage levy will be applied against the quantity recorded on the
Export volume – grain
and related products rate
Per tonne (part
Export volume – non
Per tonne (part
Export volume –
Per tonne (part
The Draft guidelines have been followed by a recent ABARES
report assessing the effect of Australia's cost recovery
arrangements for export certification on Australian agriculture.
The report considered the beef, wool, dairy, coarse grain, seafood
and live cattle export markets. In a brief snapshot of the complete
here, ABARES created a 'partial equilibrium model,'
which demonstrated the effect of cost recovery on producer's
exporting costs and on how domestic and international consumers
respond to the change in costs. Export certification costs for
wheat were 0.56% of the value of wheat exports. In comparison, the
transport export costs for grain, from New South Wales to Japan,
were 40.5% of the total farm-gate value.
The Report concluded that full cost recovery would have a very
modest impact on the value of the export markets, that is, less
than 1 percent for the commodities considered by the report, which
included beef, wool, dairy, coarse grain, seafood and live cattle
exports. The Report also noted that Australia's biggest export
competitors, the United States, Chile and Canada, have, or are
moving towards, full cost recovery of export certification
Meanwhile, ABARES has predicted that lower exports are to be
expected from Canada and the European Union in 2015/2016, while the
Black Sea will increase exports, after growing one of their largest
wheat crops. ABARES has also predicted the United States will
increase wheat exports by 9 percent in 2015-2016. The complete
ABARES Australian grains outlook for 2015-2016 can be found
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