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AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO BENEFIT FROM MASSIVE RED TAPE REDUCTION BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

SLASHING RED TAPE FOR EXPORTS BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Australian Government is boosting regional economies through $30 million in support and a further $30 million per annum in reduced red tape for agricultural export industries.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the changes to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export certification services were made under the Export Certification Reform Package to deliver better and more flexible arrangements for exporters.

“In October 2011, improvements in the meat inspection program introduced flexibility and efficiency through the implementation of AQIS Authorised Officers,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Changes to the meat program will reduce the regulatory cost of export certification by $27 million per annum and are being supported by $25.8 million in transitional assistance.

“On 1 January 2012, new arrangements commenced for exports of grain, fish and egg products.

“The Government will provide $1.5 million to support efficiencies in the fish and eggs program and $2.5 million to support the changes to the grain export program.”

Minister Ludwig said the changes were developed in close partnership with export groups to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

“None of the reforms that have been agreed and implemented could be delivered without an effective working partnership with exporters,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Australia’s agriculture industries support 300,000 jobs in regional communities.”

“I’m calling on the Opposition to support these important reforms, including underpinning regulations, and show their commitment to jobs in regional Australia rather than playing politics with regional communities.

“Export reforms will improve confidence in Australia’s export certification systems and improve the competitiveness of Australia’s $32 billion agricultural export industries.”

Highlights of the new service delivery arrangements follow. A full report on each project is available at www.daff.gov.au/ecri

January 16th, 2012
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