Wheat export

Final Determination

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.  

ACCC proposes to grant bulk wheat Port Code exemptions at the Port of Geelong and Port Adelaide

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.

Wheat ports operating fairly but current harvest may test access regime in 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.  

ACCC exempts bulk wheat terminals of Graincorp and Quattro at Port Kembla

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.

ACCC grants an exemption to Patrick bulk wheat facility at Port Adelaide

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.