Wheat export

The Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct, which was made on 30 September 2014, regulates the conduct of bulk wheat port terminal operators. The ACCC enforces the Code and also has certain specific roles in relation to exemptions and capacity allocation systems. The ACCC’s role replaces its previous wheat export function whereby it assessed port terminal services access undertakings for wheat export.

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Title Type Status
Bunbury wheat port exemption assessment Access exemption Under assessment

A mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access commenced on 30 September 2014. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities. The Code allows for regulation to be reduced at ports where appropriate. The ACCC may exempt a port terminal service provider from certain provisions of the Code in relation to a specific port terminal facility.

The ACCC is currently conducting an exemption assessment in relation to port terminal services provided by WAPRES at its Bunbury port terminal facility.

Port Kembla wheat ports exemption assessments Access exemption Under assessment
14 August 2015

A mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access commenced on 30 September 2014. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.The Code allows for regulation to be reduced at ports where appropriate. The ACCC may exempt a port terminal service provider from certain provisions of the Code in relation to a specific port terminal facility.

Newcastle wheat ports exemptions assessments - NAT and Qube Access exemption Finalised
30 July 2015

On 30 July 2015, the ACCC exempted Newcastle Agri Terminal Pty Ltd's and Qube Holdings Limited's respective bulk wheat terminals at the Port of Newcastle under the mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access.

The Code commenced on 30 September 2014. It regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.

Viterra 2015 Access determination Submissions due
31 July 2015

Viterra is a bulk handling company that operates six bulk wheat port facilities in South Australia.

On 12 March 2015, Viterra applied to the ACCC to vary the capacity allocation system contained in its current Port Loading Protocols. Viterra is seeking to introduce long term capacity agreements for the export of bulk wheat from South Australia. It intends that these agreements would be for capacity from late 2015 onwards.

Victorian wheat ports exemption assessments Access exemption Finalised
25 June 2015
A mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access commenced on 30 September 2014, replacing the previous access undertakings regime administered by the ACCC. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.
Port of Brisbane wheat ports exemption assessments Access exemption Submissions due
10 September 2015

The mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access allows for regulation to be reduced at ports where appropriate. The ACCC may exempt a port terminal service provider from certain provisions of the Code in relation to a specific port terminal facility. Exempt service providers do not need to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the Code.

On 27 August 2015 the ACCC released draft determination proposing to exempt both GrainCorp and Queensland Bulk Terminals at their respective bulk wheat port terminals at the Port of Brisbane.

GrainCorp Newcastle exemption Access exemption Finalised
1 October 2014

The ACCC has granted an exemption for GrainCorp’s Carrington terminal at the Port of Newcastle under the new mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access.

The Code commenced on 30 September 2014, replacing the previous regime of access undertakings administered by the ACCC. It regulates monopoly bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.

Co-operative Bulk Handling 2011 Access undertaking Expired
25 September 2014
On 28 September 2011 the ACCC accepted the 2011 Undertaking provided to the ACCC by CBH on 20 September 2011.

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