AWB Limited’s Managing Director, Andrew Lindberg met with Dr Ali Allawi, Iraqi interim Minister for Trade and Mr Faik Rasool, Iraqi interim Deputy Minister for Planning, in Melbourne today to discuss future trade of Australian wheat with Iraq.
Since the end of hostilities, AWB has delivered 400,000 tonnes of quality wheat to Iraq, which met urgent humanitarian requirements of the Iraqi people and reflected their specific preference for Australian wheat. As previously announced, 800,000 tonnes of wheat contracts to Iraq have been honoured and the exporting of these contracts is underway.
As a gesture of AWB’s appreciation of its long-standing trade relationship with Iraq, spanning over 50 years, Mr Lindberg presented Dr Ali Allawi with two skid steer loaders at the Australian Bulk Alliance Port in Melbourne.
The loaders will assist the Iraqi Government in discharging wheat at the port, improving logistics at the Iraqi Port of Umm Qasr and ensuring that the people of Iraq get much needed food supplies as quickly as possible.
“I had great pleasure in meeting with Dr Ali Allawi this morning to discuss future wheat trade with Iraq,” said Mr Lindberg.
“AWB and the Australian wheat single desk system are greatly supported in Iraq and Australian wheat is recognised as a high quality food source for the Iraqi people,” said Mr Lindberg.
AWB has been extremely supportive of the Iraqi market and has assisted and supported the Iraqi people by providing:
- Storage, handling and Grain hygiene training
- Cereal chemistry training and support
- Grain bunker storage advice
- Grain Handling equipment – conveyors and bobcats
“The trust and goodwill that has been built up between the people of Iraq and Australia through our 50 year trading relationship in trading wheat should stand Australia’s trade in good stead into the future,” said Mr Lindberg.
Media contact: Peter McBride, AWB Limited, on 03 9209 2174 or 0417 662 451