The Federal government Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Orders 2011 (“ECO”) require that prior to loading bulk grain in Australia a ship has to be inspected by a marine surveyor to ensure that the ship is suitable to carry the intended grain.
‘Grain’ is defined as including barley, canola, chickpeas, dried field peas, faba beans, lentils, lupins, oats, sorghum, soybeans, split vetch, whole vetch and wheat. The inspection is to determine that the ship is free from conditions that could result in contaminating, wetting or imparting an odour to the grain.
The qualifications for a marine surveyor prescribed by the ECO are:
Until early 2008 AWB Ltd. as the sole wheat exporter, kept a list of accredited marine surveyors who met the then current qualifications. With the changes in the wheat export system AWB Ltd. is no longer the sole wheat exporter and no longer maintains a list of accredited marine surveyors.
AIMS has now implemented the Certified Commercial Marine Surveyor scheme which confirms the qualifications and experience of all Grain Surveyors.
The current DAWR Industry Notice (November 2017) states:
Grain surveyors on this list have access to a Declaration of Assurance that they can provide to Shippers, Agents and Owners for presentation to the Authorised Officer that confirms that the marine surveyor’s qualifications and experience have been verified as true and correct by the AIMS.
Shippers Agents or Owners can request a Declaration for any surveyor on the list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 02 6232 6555
The Institute has a written Code of Practice for Grain Surveys and expects all of its members to carry out their grain surveys in accordance with that code.
Download the current list of Certified TM Grain Surveyors here