The ACCC has today released its 2016-17 Bulk Wheat Ports Monitoring Report, which found concerns with some aspects of Australia’s bulk grain export supply chains.
This report examines the nature and concentration of export activity and capacity allocation across Australia’s bulk wheat port terminals
“While competition is emerging at some ports, other regions remain vertically-integrated near monopolies. This is particularly the case in South Australia and Western Australia where Viterra and CBH dominate the bulk grain export market supply chains and compete in the export market,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.
“The ACCC is seeking to ensure that vertically-integrated owners of bulk wheat port infrastructure do not get an increasing and disproportionate share of wheat exports from Australia as a result of their ownership of bottleneck infrastructure.”
“We remain concerned about complaints over several years about the problems some exporters experience accessing bulk handling services both at port and along related supply chains,” Ms Cifuentes said.
The report highlights the continuing importance of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct (the Code).
“The Code plays an important role in ensuring port access for the exporters that buy grain from Australian growers. Despite emerging competition at some ports, we don’t consider that fair and transparent access to bulk export grain export services would be assured in the absence of the Code,” Ms Cifuentes said.