Agreement opens door to Sri Lanka trade

A new biosecurity agreement between Australia and Sri Lanka will broaden trade opportunities for Australian exporters.

Sri Lanka’s approval of in-transit phosphine fumigation treatment for Australian grains, pulses and oil seeds will provide greater flexibility for Australian exporters.

The Sri Lankan market was worth $160 million for Australian pulses, grains and oilseeds in 2020-21.

In-transit phosphine fumigation as a quarantine treatment expands treatment options for Australian exporters and promises to be more cost effective and efficient as it gets product to market quicker and into the Sri Lankan value chain faster.

Andrew Weidemann, Chair of Grain Producers Australia, said it was a great win for Australia’s trade.

“This will help to lower freight costs for Australia’s farmers. It has been a long sought-after market improvement for Australia’s grain sector, particularly at time when shipping costs are as high as they are.”

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