Wheat export

Newcastle wheat ports exemptions assessments - NAT and Qube

On 30 July 2015, the ACCC exempted Newcastle Agri Terminal Pty Ltd's and Qube Holdings Limited's respective bulk wheat terminals at the Port of Newcastle under the mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access.

The Code commenced on 30 September 2014. It regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.

ACCC proposes to exempt two of three Victorian wheat port terminals under wheat code

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released draft determinations proposing to grant exemptions for Emerald’s Melbourne Port Terminal (MPT) and GrainCorp’s Geelong terminal under the mandatory wheat code.

At this time, however, the ACCC proposes to not grant an exemption to GrainCorp’s Portland port terminal.

Application to vary capacity allocation system

Viterra's current capacity allocation system uses an auction as its primary allocation methods, with a first-in-first-served (FIFS) allocation method for capacity not allocated in the auction.

Viterra's initial long term agreement proposal provided the opportunity for third party exporters to Viterra’s ports to seek to negotiate long term access arrangements to Viterra’s wheat port terminals for a period of between two to five years. Viterra also proposed to make available a minimum 500,000 tonnes of capacity per quarter across its ports as short term capacity.

ACCC seeks views on regulation at GrainCorp and Emerald’s Victorian wheat port terminals

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking views on whether to reduce regulation at Victorian wheat port terminals under the new mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access.

The Code commenced on 30 September 2014 replacing the previous access undertakings regime administered by the ACCC. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.