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Ludwig's reforms mean LESS not more supervision of exporters
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 06:32:56 PM »
The traditional paperwork needed to export an animal overseas is about to go digital, with the development of an IT system.

The program known as TRACE, which stands for Tracking Animal Certification for Export, is designed to help the live export industry be more efficient and hence more profitable.

It's part of the Federal Government's commitment to spend $30 million a year to reduce red tape across all agricultural exports.

Lach MacKinnon from the Australian Livestock Exporters Council says TRACE will be used for the consignments of all live animals.

"We used to do our export certification through a paper-based system, so not too dissimilar from cheques and deposit books in banking," he says.

"But we're now looking at an online system which is currently being built and should be up and running in the next two months."

Live exporters are also expected to benefit from updates to other IT systems, including the Audit Management System (AMS) and the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR).

Minister for Agriculture, Senator Joe Ludwig, says the changes to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service will also help to deliver better and more flexible arrangements for exporters.

He says financial assistance will be provided to the agricultural sector to support and implement the changes, which include cutting the cost of export certification and inspection services.

"Export reforms will improve confidence in Australia's export certification systems and improve the competitiveness of Australia's $32 billion agricultural export industries," he says.

By Matt Brann

Wednesday, 18/01/2012