Farmers and growers encouraged to comment on new rules to simplify exports


Exporters across the north are expected to benefit from simplified agricultural export legislation which will cut red tape and create more efficient export procedures.

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald encouraged local exporters and those involved in the export industry to have their say on the new Export Control Bill, which will consolidate export-related provisions from 17 Acts into a single piece of legislation.

 “This proposed new export legislation is designed to make the relevant legislation easier to follow, saving exporters across the board time and money,” Senator Macdonald said.

 Anything that helps our farmers and growers get their produce to export quicker, easier and cheaper is worth considering, particularly if it involves cutting unnecessary red tape.”

 While the existing legislation has worked well for 35 years, a review has shown there’s scope for improvement and to make the process easier for those involved in the industry, Senator Macdonald said.

 “The aim is to make the rules for exporting easier to understand, use and comply with, while maintaining the level of regulatory oversight expected by our trading partners.”

 John Langbridge, Industry and Corporate Affairs Manager at Teys Australia, the country’s second largest meat processor and exporter, said legislation must be flexible and responsive to change in market access requirements.

 “The legislation must enable the rapid uptake of approved emerging technologies, such as the use of robotics, x-ray, ultra sound, hyperspectral imaging, thermal imaging and barcoding, to grow and support meat exports in the future,” Mr Langbridge said.

 The consultation period on the draft legislation closes on 24 October, 2017.

 The improved legislation is expected to be implemented around April 2020, when much of the existing framework is due to expire. For more information, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/export-legislation.

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