05 January 1999
Australian export blitz opens in Brazil

AUSTRALIA has kicked off a campaign to open new export markets abroad with a decision by Brazil to allow Australian wheat imports.

Exports to the country were previously barred on concerns about grain pests and other diseases.

The Australian agriculture minister, Mark Vaile, said the move was a breakthrough as Brazil is one of the worlds largest wheat importers.

The announcement on market access for Australian wheat followed extensive negotiations by Australian quarantine and foreign affairs officials with Brazilian counterparts.

  • Financial Times 05/01/99 page 5