The Department of Agriculture has officially confirmed that a further two wheat import permits have been granted taking the total number of permits to three.
A Department spokesperson confirmed the shipments would once again come from Canada, where the Manildra Group, which was granted the first import permit, sourced its initial consignment.
They did not confirm where the wheat would arrive in Australia or which company had been granted permission to bring the grain in, however it has been reported the wheat will enter the country via Port Kembla, the same as the first shipment.
The Department would not confirm the successful applicant, however it did say both permits were for a single company.
The Manildra Group declined to comment, but in separate statement made last week the company claimed it would need imported high protein wheat to keep its Nowra gluten and starch manufacturing facility running until further Australian supplies come online following the 2019-20 harvest.
Throughout the process, DAWR has been at pains to point out its only consideration is the biosecurity ramifications and not the commercial merits or the Australian supply and demand equation.