Supply chain assistance for horticulture exporters

The Federal Government will be investing $790,000 as assistance payment towards the supply chain of horticulture exporters.

The payment to individual exporters will be equivalent to a 40 per cent offset to export fees paid by each exporter during 1 July to 15 September 2009.

“After consultation with the joint industry, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) Horticulture Export Ministerial Taskforce, I have agreed to this one-off assistance payment because it provides justice for horticulture exporters who were faced with higher export costs during this period,” Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said.

“This is an effective measure to ensure equitable treatment for the horticulture industry, especially citrus exporters, and to ensure their commitment to reform under the Export Certification Reform Package (ECRP) announced by the Government in November 2009.”

Maxwell Summers, chief executive of the Australian Horticulture Exporters’ Association and industry co-chair of the Horticulture Ministerial Taskforce said the supply chain assistance payment demonstrates the Government’s support for the export industry sector.

Horticulture exporters will receive the payments before the end of the financial year and reforms will be in place by July 2011.



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