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Aussie Barley Exports to Korea Back on Track

11 September 2012

AUSTRALIA - Exports of barley to the Republic of Korea are back on track with Korea’s acceptance of new biosecurity clearance procedures proposed by Australia.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, who met with representatives of the grains industry in Perth today, welcomed Korea’s formal acceptance of the industry management plan for barley exported from Australia to Korea.

Previous Korean biosecurity requirements were for all shipments of barley to be mechanically screened prior to export. This added time and cost to the process.

The new industry management plan provides an alternative option for exporters, which does not require barley to be screened.

“The Korean barley trade is worth almost $60 million to Australian growers,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Government and industry worked closely, through the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF), to propose new export procedures that were more efficient for producers and still met Korean market access requirements.

“Those new procedures have been agreed to by Korea, and we now look forward to continuing this valuable trade into the future.

“This collaboration between government and the grains industry is a model for future market access work for a number of other export commodities.”

Rosemary Richards, Chair of the GIMAF is also happy with this outcome.

“This is a welcome outcome for the industry and will enable barley trade to Korea to continue in a cost effective and practical manner,” Ms Richards said.

“It is also pleasing that the industry was able to quickly develop an agreed industry plan through the facilitation of GIMAF and work closely with the government to achieve a quick and positive resolution to this market access issue.”

GIMAF was established as a key part of the export certification reform programme.

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