Wheat export

Bunbury wheat port exemption assessment

On 24 September 2015 the ACCC released a final determination granting an exemption to WAPRES at its Bunbury port terminal facility.

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.

ACCC proposes to grant exemptions to two wheat port terminals at the port of Brisbane

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released draft determinations proposing to exempt Queensland Bulk Terminals (QBT) and GrainCorp from having to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the Wheat Code at their Port of Brisbane bulk wheat port terminals.

“The ACCC’s draft view is that the two Brisbane port terminals face sufficient competitive pressures to warrant granting both port terminal operators exemptions from certain parts of the Code when providing services at their Brisbane facilities,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

ACCC draft decision proposes to exempt two Port Kembla wheat ports

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  has released draft decisions proposing to exempt GrainCorp and Quattro from having to comply with Parts 3 to 6 of the mandatory Wheat Code when providing port terminal services at Port Kembla.

The ACCC’s draft decisions propose to exempt both facilities from these Code provisions once Quattro’s facility, which is in the final stages of development, is completed. GrainCorp is currently not exempt from any of the Code provisions.

ACCC exempts Newcastle Agri Terminal and Qube from the Wheat Code at the Port of Newcastle

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released determinations to exempt Newcastle Agri Terminal’s (NAT) and Qube Holdings Limited’s (Qube) bulk wheat terminals at the Port of Newcastle from certain parts of the mandatory wheat Code.

“The ACCC believes that there is sufficient competition in the market for bulk wheat terminal services at the Port of Newcastle to warrant granting exemptions to NAT and Qube,”ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

ACCC exempts two of three Victorian wheat port terminals from Wheat Code

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released determinations to exempt Emerald’s Melbourne Port Terminal (MPT) and GrainCorp’s Geelong terminal from certain parts of the mandatory wheat Code.

The ACCC has not determined to exempt GrainCorp’s Portland port terminal at this time.

“The ACCC’s view is that there is sufficient competition between Emerald’s MPT and GrainCorp’s Geelong port terminal to support granting exemptions at this time,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

Final determinations

On 25 June 2015 the ACCC issued final determinations to:

  • grant exemptions for Emerald’s Melbourne Port Terminal and GrainCorp’s Geelong port terminal
  • not grant an exemption for GrainCorp’s Portland port terminal at this time.