Five Australian wheat exporters accredited
AWB and ABB are two notable absentees from the list of
the first five companies approved to export wheat under the new deregulated bulk
wheat marketing arrangements introduced by the Australian government last
Wheat Exports Australia has been meeting in Canberra this week and announced
Cargill Australia, Elders Toepfer Grain, Goodman Fielder Consumer Foods, Grain
Pool and OzEpulse as the first five companies to be accredited to export wheat
under the new licencing arrangements.
AWB, Emerald and ABB were among the
companies surprisingly not present on the list.
"Anyone who thinks AWB
can be retained as a surrogate Single Desk must now confront the fact that AWB
has to compete against domestic and multinational grain traders that do not have
Constitutional constraints on what they do," AWB managing director Gordon Davis
Minister for Agriculture, Tony Burke, met with the board of the new
industry regulator and said WEA would continue to assess other applications at
their meetings in the coming days and weeks.
"The goal of this major
economic reform was always to provide more choice for growers," Burke
To become accredited under the scheme, exporters are required to
demonstrate they are fit and proper through satisfying a specific eligibility
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