Trade modernisation delivers the goods for the agricultural sector

01 Mar 2022

According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), Australia’s agricultural exports are on track to reach a record-breaking $61 billion in 2021–22.

Higher export volumes and prices are forecast for almost every major export commodity. This is despite producers and exporters facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modernising agricultural trade regulation

Supporting our agricultural sector’s export growth is at the heart of a major transformation program. The program, managed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, is modernising agricultural trade regulation.

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment Deputy Secretary, David Hazlehurst, says investments in new digital technologies and process improvements are providing long-term benefits for exporters.

‘We are modernising systems and expanding our market intelligence services to further support the continued growth of Australia’s agriculture exports,’ he says.

‘We’ve already made significant progress updating and improving our export legislation. We’ve also boosted our agricultural counsellor network to provide producers with greater opportunities.’

A cornerstone of the trade reform program is the Export Service. In the future, it will be the single place to manage agricultural export transactions online.

In addition, significant enhancements have been made to the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor) system. Users can now subscribe to receive weekly updates on importing country requirements.

Find out more about the reforms that are modernising Australia’s agricultural trade system.

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