Extra fees for live dairy exports

By Dairy News

All dairy cattle sold for export will incur a new charge of $6/head.

The charge has been supported by Australian Dairy Farmers.

The charge will be collected by industry service provider LiveCorp to delivery technical support for dairy cattle export supply chains and fund RD&E programs specific to Australia’s dairy cattle trade, which is worth almost $130 million annually.

A ballot held late last year to vote on the charge saw 80 per cent of registered exporters voting in favour of the new charge.

Australian livestock exporters currently pay statutory export charges on exported beef cattle, sheep and goats.

In 2006, livestock exporters initiated a voluntary charge on exported dairy cattle to enable funding for sector-specific RD&E and marketing at a rate of $3 per head.

In 2014, ALEC members voted to increase the voluntary dairy cattle charge to $6 per head.

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) CEO Simon Westaway said the voluntary charge had been significantly under-collected and, as such, has not been sufficient to meet the RD&E and marketing needs of our dairy cattle export trade.

Mr Westaway said LiveCorp and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) had now been advised of industry’s strong endorsement for the new statutory charge.

“Peak producer groups including Australian Dairy Farmers and the National Farmers Federation support the statutory charge for dairy cattle exports because farmers recognise the importance, and further potential, of Australia’s dairy heifer export market,” he said.