Wheat export

Record harvest leads to increase in bulk grain exporters

Australia’s bulk grain exports were 40.6 million tonnes for 2021–22, and exceeded the previous season’s record by 22 per cent, according to the ACCC’s most recent Bulk grain ports monitoring report published today.

This followed a record total grain production in 2021–22 in Australia of 65.7 million tonnes, an increase of 11 per cent on the previous record in 2020–21.

Final determinations

The ACCC has determined Bulk Cargo Services Pty Ltd and Wagner Corporation Pty Ltd to be exempt service providers of port terminal services at their respective port terminal facilities at Pinkenba. The exemptions mean that Bulk Cargo Services Pty Ltd and Wagner Corporation Pty Ltd are not required to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the Code in the course of providing port terminal services via their respective facilities at Pinkenba.

Draft determinations

On 9 November 2022 the ACCC released draft determinations proposing to grant Bulk Cargo Services Pty Ltd and Wagner Corporation Pty Ltd exempt service provider status in relation to their respective Pinkenba port terminal facilities.

Record grain harvest in 2020-21 exposed issues with regulation of grain ports

ACCC consultation with the bulk grain export industry has shown that grower representative groups and some exporters generally support regulation of bulk grain export supply chains, but port terminal operators largely do not. Grain exporters are, however, concerned about a lack of transparency in the way that port operators allocate capacity to them.