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.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released draft determinations proposing to exempt Riordan Grain Services and Semaphore Container Services from certain parts of the mandatory Bulk Wheat Code in relation to their respective operations at the Port of Geelong and Port Adelaide.
“Riordan and Semaphore will both face significant competitive constraint from larger operations. The ACCC’s preliminary view is that it is appropriate to grant exemptions to these smaller players,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.
On 22 June 2017, the ACCC issued a draft determination that Riordan should be an exempt service provider at Berth 3, Laschelles Wharf, Port of Geelong. The ACCC invited submissions from interested parties on its draft determination. The closing date for submissions was Friday 7 July 2017.
On 29 May 2017, Riordan Grain Services provided a submission in support of exempt provider status for its operation at Port of Geelong in Victoria. The ACCC sought additional information from Riordan Grain Services and a revised application was lodged on 31 May 2017.
On 29 May 2017, Riordan Grain Services submitted an application to be exempted from Parts 3 to 6 of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct. The ACCC sought additional information from Riordan Grain Services and a revised application was lodged on 31 May 2017.
A new monitoring report of bulk wheat ports examining the 2015-16 shipping year has found that port terminal owners were not generally obstructing access or receiving a disproportionate share of port terminal capacity, following the lessening of regulation at some ports last year.
“Our report found bulk wheat port terminal service providers have generally not increased their market shares to the detriment of access seekers, following the exemption applications granted by the ACCC last year,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has made final determinations exempting GrainCorp and Quattro from having to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct in relation to facilities at Port Kembla.
The ACCC indicated its intention to exempt the facilities once Quattro’s facility became capable of handling bulk wheat in a final position paper released in October 2015.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final determination granting an exemption to Patrick Stevedoring Pty Ltd from having to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct in relation to its facilities at Berth 29, Port Adelaide.
“The ACCC considers that Patrick faces sufficient competitive constraint to warrant reducing the level of regulation it faces under the Code when providing services at its Port Adelaide facility,” ACCC Commissioner Cifuentes said.
On 1 April 2016, the ACCC issued a final determination that Patrick should be an exempt service provider at Berth 29, Port Adelaide.