Glencore Agriculture has recently been accredited as an Australian Trusted Trader, providing its imports and exports with faster access to markets.Australian Trusted Trader is an Australian Government initiative, developed by the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force with input from importers, exporters and representative bodies.
It accredits Australian businesses that have compliant trade practices and secure supply chains.
Glencore Agriculture’s Senior Commercial Manager, Lyndon Asser, said there are many benefits of being an Australian Trusted Trader.
“Australian Trusted Trader is a partnership between the Australian Border Force and businesses to improve access to markets by reducing red tape at the border, improving certainty in export markets, and expediting the flow of cargo in and out of Australia,” Lyndon said.
“Being an Australian Trusted Trader is a mark of distinction. It means Glencore Agriculture has been accredited against the international supply chain and trade compliance standards set by the World Customs Organization.
“In order to demonstrate we have a secure supply chain, Viterra’s Laverton site – the largest packing and processing facility we use – had to be assessed and confirmed to meet the required standards.”
Australian Trusted Trader allows accredited businesses faster access to export markets, as they are given priority treatment of goods at the border. Businesses with the certificate receive faster customs processing and fewer interventions.
“Australia follows many countries who have similar systems in place,” said Lyndon.
“Some of these countries partake in Mutual Recognition Arrangements with Australia, giving Trusted Traders trade facilitation benefits at the border. So, we are provided with faster access to international markets as well.
“Having this accreditation and the Mutual Recognition Arrangements gives Glencore Agriculture, and the Australian grain industry, a competitive advantage and selling point when working with our buyer customers.
“If we can provide them with their grain quicker then that’s a huge plus.”
To find out more about the initiative, visit abf.gov.au/trustedtrader.