The European Union is an important market for the Australian grains industry, valued at over A$1.1 billion, driven primarily by the export of Australian canola for use in the European biodiesel sector. Up to 90% of all Australian canola exports in recent years have been directed to Europe. Maintaining and diversifying trade with Europe is of critical importance to Australian farmers, providing important market diversification for the Australian grains sector industry.
Despite the existing trade canola between both regions, Australian grain, oilseed and pulse producers and exporters continue to face several barriers to trade in Europe, including high tariffs and increasingly restrictive non-tariff barriers to trade such as chemical and environmental regulations.
GrainGrowers have prepared a submission, following engagement with the wider grains industry. Download and read in full.