FMD MEDIA RELEASE
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has indicated that a reply has
been received from the General Administration of Chinese Customs of the People’s Republic
of China (GACC) on clarity sought on the certification of greasy wool exports to China.
DAFF confirmed that the conditions contained in the current health certificate would have to
be complied with unless a new health certificate is negotiated. The risks associated to enter
into a new negotiation process are that exports could once again cease until a new health
certificate has been negotiated and put in place. The risks associated with starting the process
to negotiate the health certificate are big, as exports will then once again be disrupted, and it
is therefore in the best interest of the wool industry to continue export certification in terms of
the current health certificate requirements.
At a meeting held on 23 August, SAWAMBA, in consultation with brokers, agreed to resume
the scheduled auctions on 3 and 4 September 2019, starting with catalogue 1.
All brokers are currently implementing measures to heat areas within their stores to implement
shipment time periods within 28 days of weigh-in. IT Systems have been updated and
improved to assist buyers with shipment requirements and to ensure inspection and
certification can be concluded in the quickest possible time.
The first catalogue will be offered on the 3rd and 4th of September, with the option to add
volumes to smaller auctions to try and eliminate the backlog in offering as soon as possible.
Industry would like to thank everyone for their understanding during this challenging time and
we are confident that the market flow could revert to normal by October 2019, taking into
account the progress made on heating the stores by the brokers.
Issued by Cape Wools SA
23 August 2019