Kenya ends fumigation requirement for Australian wheat

by Emily Buckley
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Kenyan officials have approved AWB Ltd.’s quality assurance measures and Australian quarantine controls, and as a result, will no longer require Australian wheat to be fumigated before shipment to Kenya.

Previously all wheat exports into Kenya had to be fumigated immediately prior to loading in order to meet quarantine protocols.

"Now Kenyan officials have provided AWB with an exemption, it will mean an immediate saving of about U.S.$1 per tonne on the cost of delivering Australian wheat into Kenya," Michael Long, AWB’s General Manager International Sales and Marketing said. "On recent years’ sales alone to Kenya, this would have represented, on average, over U.S.$250,000." He added that Australia was the only grain exporter to have gained this exemption, proving "our system is among the best in the world."