MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) released on Dec. 22 its second report for growers on the operation of the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme and an analysis of wheat exports during the 2009-10 marketing year.

Peter Woods, chief executive officer of WEA, said the report provides growers with a concise overview of what has occurred during the marketing year. It brings together key research analysis regarding Australia’s wheat industry.

“The report highlights WEA’s operations as a record of what the Australian wheat industry has achieved in the second year of a reformed market,” he said. “One of the emerging outcomes of the reformed market arrangements has been the increase in choice available to growers in marketing their wheat. During 2009-10, 18 accredited exporters shipped more than 12 million tonnes of bulk wheat”.

Compared to other major exporting nations, Australia was the fifth largest exporter of wheat in 2009-10. The majority of Australian bulk wheat exports were again into Asian markets, where Australia enjoys a freight advantage compared to its competitors.

“WEA analysis indicates that nine active accredited exporters shipped 90% of Australia’s bulk wheat exports during the 2009-10 marketing year,” Woods said.

WEA performs a significant role in monitoring exporters to ensure compliance with the scheme. During the 2009-10 marketing year, accredited exporters again demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with WEA and compliance with conditions of accreditation.

Further information contained in the report includes accreditations granted by WEA, access to port terminal services and an analysis of bulk wheat exports by Australian State, port of export and destination countries.
The reporting period began on Oct. 1, 2009 and ended on Sept. 30, 2010.

The report is available for download from WEA’s website.