Wheat export

Draft decision

On 21 August 2014 the ACCC issued a draft decision proposing to consent to GrainCorp's application to extend and vary its 2011 Undertaking, subject to additional reporting provisions being incorporated into the undertaking to cover the period of the extension.

Application to extend and vary

GrainCorp applied to the ACCC to extend the operation of its 2011 undertaking until the earlier of 30 September 2015 or such a time as it is no longer required to have an access undertaking accepted by the ACCC (for instance, upon the anticipated commencement of a mandatory code of conduct on 1 October 2014).

GrainCorp also applied to make certain variations to its 2011 undertaking, including:

  • the inclusion of an early expiry clause that would allow the undertaking to expire earlier than 30 September 2015 if a mandatory code of conduct comes into effect

ACCC issues draft decision on Emerald's wheat port access undertaking

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft decision proposing to consent to Emerald Logistics Pty Ltd’s (Emerald) application to extend and vary its 2013 wheat Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking (2013 Undertaking).

The 2013 Undertaking governs access to port terminal services at Melbourne Port Terminal and is currently set to expire on 30 September 2014. A mandatory code of conduct is anticipated to commence on 1 October 2014.

Application to extend and vary

Emerald's application to extend and vary proposed to extend the operation of its 2013 undertaking until the earlier of 30 September 2015 or such a time as it is no longer required to have an access undertaking accepted by the ACCC (for instance, upon the anticipated commencement of a mandatory code of conduct on 1 October 2014).

Emerald also proposed certain variations to its 2013 undertaking, including:

    ACCC issues draft decision to approve CBH long term arrangements

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision to accept Co-Operative Bulk Handling Limited’s (CBH) proposed 2014 Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking, subject to drafting amendments. The undertaking would govern access by third party exporters to CBH’s port terminal services for bulk wheat export at CBH’s four port terminals in Western Australia. 

    ACCC reduces regulation at Graincorp's Newcastle Port Terminal

     The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted GrainCorp’s application to vary its Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking at its Newcastle bulk grain facility.

    “The ACCC considers that a more competitive market for the export of bulk wheat is in the best interests of farmers. The variation will provide GrainCorp with greater flexibility to compete against the two bulk wheat export operations at the Port of Newcastle,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

    ACCC issues draft decision to reduce regulation at Graincorp's Newcastle port terminal

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to consent to GrainCorp’s application to vary its Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking at its Newcastle bulk grain facility.

    “The variation would provide GrainCorp with greater flexibility to compete against the two bulk wheat export operations at the Port of Newcastle” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

    ACCC seeks views on CBH's proposed new port terminal access undertaking

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission invites submissions from interested parties in the bulk wheat export industry on CBH’s proposed new Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking.

    The undertaking would provide access for third party exporters to CBH’s port terminal services for bulk wheat export at its four port terminals in Western Australia.