Media Release

Reducing red tape for grain exporters

22 April 2014

The Australian Government is cutting unnecessary costs and delays for grain exporters following the approval of a new inspection process which was adopted at the Newcastle Agri Terminal recently.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the new Export Compliance Goods Storage (ECGS) allows registered establishments to have more flexibility in the storage, handling and shipment of grains and other plant products for export.

"Sometimes inspections during loading can lead to delays and added costs," Minister Joyce said. 

"I understand exporters’ frustration with unnecessary red tape and recognise that they need a system that's behind them, not making it harder.

"The Australian Government’s role is to streamline the export process and make it easier to share our high-quality products with the world.

"Here, the point of inspection for grain moves from the point-of-export to earlier in the supply chain while ensuring importing countries can have the same level of assurance that their requirements are being met.

"For example, when an exporter brings a ship alongside the berth, loading can start immediately without the threat of a stoppage or rejection of the goods – because goods would have already been inspected and found to meet importing country requirements.

"This can save expensive demurrage costs which can be as much as $10,000 - $140,000 per day."

Grain terminals and export facilities are encouraged to apply to be ECGS registered, just as the Newcastle Agri Terminal has done.

The Coalition is committed to deliver on its election commitment to remove $1 billion a year in unnecessary red and green tape, and this is yet another example of how we are opening Australia up for business to create jobs and build stronger, more prosperous communities.

For more information on ECGS and to find out how to apply, please visit the Department of Agriculture's website or email