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Trade & Market Access Initiatives

GTA Trade & Market Access Initiatives

Trade & Market Access has been elevated to a core activity of GTA, as is highlighted in the current GTA Strategic Directions Document. GTA will advance independent, fact-based dialogue and advocacy for members and industry and support Federal and State Govt efforts to ensure that trade is not impacted by technical barriers that may arise in forums such as the WTO, IPPC, FAO and CODEX etc or via state based legislative actions.

GTA Trade & Market Access initiatives will be driven by the GTA Board and Trade & Market Access Technical Committee.

Food Safety

Ensuring the safety of grain and grain products to domestic and international markets and customers is imperative for the Australian grain industry. Diligence and adherence to guidelines and regulations is required along the full supply chain. GTA works in collaboration with a range of Government Departments and industry groups and programs and provides submissions to review processes on behalf of our members as appropriate.


Grain Quality

The practices used to ensure our grain/grain products meet the needs of domestic and export customers are outlined in the Australian Grain Industry Code of Practice.  Adherence to the Code is mandatory for GTA Members and Australia is the only exporting country in the world with such a Code. Grain quality is managed from the farm gate, through our storage, transport, processing and export pathways.

International GrainTrade Coalition (IGTC)

The IGTC is a coalition of 22 national and international non-profit trade associations and councils involving more than 800 members. Its purpose is to convene significant expertise and representation to provide advice to governments from a global perspective, on the commercial requirements and economics of the world's food, feed and processing industries. GTA is an active member of the IGTC, providing Australian grain industry representation on all major project and policy areas with the potential to impact our industry and members.  

Grain Export Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has primary responsibilty for managing Australia's biosecurity system. This includes all phytosanitary requirements in the export of grain and grain products.  The Department website provides all of the information and resources required, including the current Biosecurity Act 2015. Direct links to key tools are also provided below.  

 

ExDocExport Documentation System (EXDOC) website
Export processes, inspection services & CertificatesPlant Export Operations provides export inspection and certification services for plant and plant products inclusing grain 
MICOR databaseManual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) Plants
CODEX - International Maximum Residue Limits (MRL's)Pesticide database - to search for the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL's) of pesticides in food and feed 
China Wheat & Barley Protocol The Industry Management Plan - The trade of wheat and barley from Australia to China is set to continue under a new protocol which formally commenced in April 2015. 
Barley to South Korea - Snail Management PlanSouth Korea has accepted the Australian barley industry supply chain measures which offers industry a practical alternative to the requirement to screen all barley shipments.
Radioactivity Taiwan SPS notice advising of the adoption of an "all foods" category in Taiwan for radioactivity of 100 Becquerel/kg, as of 18 January 2016.
Biosecurity Act 2015The Biosecurity Act provides a modern regulatory framework for biosecurity in Australia to allow for current and future trading environments and collaboration between government and industry.