ANNOUNCEMENT 29 Nov 2012

The Government of Australia has adopted a new bill eliminating the export tax on wheat and replacing the accreditation scheme for bulk exports of wheat. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Australian Government. Federal Register of Legislation. Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Act 2012. Retrieved on 24/03/2019. Available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2012A00170

Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Inquiries into wheat export arrangements. Retrieved on 24/03/2019. Available at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/crops/wheat/inquiries-wheat-export-arrangements

Australian Government. Export Wheat Commission. About Us. Retrieved on 24/03/2019. Available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20071015181152/http://www.ewc.gov.au/AboutUs/default.htm

Inception date: 29 Nov 2012 | Removal date: open ended

Export tax

On 29 November 2012, the Australian Parliament has adopted the Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Act 2012 abolishing, amongst others, the Wheat Export Charge, a duty imposed to all wheat exports. 

The Wheat Export Charge consisted of an AUD 0.22 duty (USD 0.23) imposed on each tonne of wheat that was exported. The purpose of this duty was to finance the Export Wheat Commission, a governmental organ that has also been abolished by the new bill.

With the changes introduced by the new legislation, the export tax set on wheat has been reduced from AUD 0.22 (USD 0.23) per tonne to AUD 0.00.

The new bill has entered into force on the same day it has been adopted by the Parliament.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 29 Nov 2012 | Removal date: open ended

Export-related non-tariff measure, nes

The Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Act 2012 adopted on 29 November 2012 by the Australian Parliament, has also abolished the Wheat Export Commission, a governmental organ in charge of supervising wheat exports. Concretely among its duties, this institution was responsible for controlling the exportation of bulk wheat, managing permits and monitoring the compliance with the permits it issued.

The new legislation has eliminated this organ and the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme replacing it with a port terminal access test managed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The new bill has entered into force on the same day it has been adopted by the Parliament.