October 8, 2020


Australia to make agri export process easier, faster


Australia has allotted A$328 million to boost its agri-food exports through reforms in the export process, including eliminating red tape.


The bulk of the fund, $222.2 million, will go toward digital services including a single touch point for exporters, designed to make it cheaper and easier for farmers to get their products into overseas markets, reports Farm Online via Farm Weekly.


At present, the export application process is seen by the agriculture industry as over-complicated, with farmers looking to break into the export market required to submit up to 20 forms and certificates across multiple emails, websites and databases, the report said.


The reforms also include:


-- A new $28.6-million Trade Single Window system, wherein farmers will only need to sign in to one system, which will also provide up-to-date information on new market opportunities, such as those available under Australia's free-trade agreements.


-- Cutting the regulatory burden on the seafood, meat, live animal and plant exporters ($35.2-million allotted for this)


-- Services that will ensure Aussie products make it to export markets ($71.1 million).


"We're making it faster and cheaper for farmers to get their product to market, while retaining the levels of quality and assurance that have made our exports world-class," said Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, adding that agricultural exports are critical to the nation's recovery from the pandemic.


"This suite of reforms will modernise Australia's export systems by slashing red tape and streamlining regulation and service delivery for our farmers," Littleproud added.