Wheat export

Bulk grain ports monitoring highlights access issues

The ACCC’s annual Bulk grain ports monitoring report has highlighted continuing concerns being expressed by growers and exporters about access to Australia’s bulk grain export supply chains, both at port and upcountry.

Three companies (CBH, Viterra and Graincorp) are responsible for operating most of Australia’s grain export port terminal facilities, and associated grain storage and logistic systems. They are also major grain exporters, as well as providing essential services and port access to their exporter competitors.

Exemption application

On 17 June 2018 Riordan Grain Services provided a submission in support of exempt provider status for its operation at Port of Portland in Victoria. The ACCC sought additional information from Riordan Grain Services and a revised application was lodged on 4 October 2018. On 28 July 2017 the ACCC released a final determination granting exempt service provider status to Riordan Grain Services in relation to its port terminal facility at Berth 3, Laschelles Wharf, Port of Geelong. On 30 January 2018 Riordan Grain Services submitted that it was moving its mobile ship loader from Corio Quay North, Geelong to Lascelles Wharf Geelong.

Revocation of exemption

On 11 October 2017 the ACCC revoked the exemption granted to Patrick at its Berth 29, Port Adelaide facility. The ACCC was satisfied that the reasons for granting the exemption no longer applied as Patrick ceased operating as the port service provider at this port terminal facility.

ACCC grants Bulk Wheat Port Code exemptions at Port of Geelong and Port Adelaide

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued final determinations that exempt Riordan Grain Services and Semaphore Container Services from having to comply with certain parts of the mandatory Bulk Wheat Code when providing services at their respective Port of Geelong and Port Adelaide facilities.

“The ACCC considers that both Riordan and Semaphore will face significant competitive constraint, specifically from GrainCorp and Viterra,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.