A new legislative framework for agricultural exports commencing from 28 March 2021 will consist of the Export Control Act 2020 and a suite of legislative instruments, the Export Control Rules 2020 (the Rules).
The Rules set out the operational details for regulating the exports of commodities and are based on the existing commodity orders.
This is part of a wider initiative to strengthen Australia’s agricultural exports and market access - and making export processes easier to understand and comply with.
The department is consulting stakeholders on 12 draft Rules over three tranches, with consultations for tranche 3 (wood and miscellaneous) opening Wednesday 9 December 2020.
Consultation on the draft wood and miscellaneous Rules will meet Australia’s obligations under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary measures.
Consultations are open until 24 January 2021.