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PROPOSED CITRUS EXPORT FEES A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

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Australia’s leading citrus industry body, Citrus Australia has rejected a federal government proposal to raise fees for export certification - A move that would cost the average grower $30,000 before they export one orange.

In October the Federal Department of Agriculture released its proposed fees and charges for export certification for the next four years.

The proposed shift has concerned some local industry figures with the local Riverland citrus industry worth in-excess of $200,000 million dollars.

Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock said he was astonished at the size of the increases for a service in which the Government has a monopoly on.