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Red meat exports to China on track to tip $1 billion per annum

24 March 2017

The National Farmers’ Federation says Australia’s red meat exports to China could soon exceed $1 billion per annum following the Government’s ‘joint statement’ with China today.

The Joint Statement on Enhancing Inspection and Cooperation coincides with a visit to Australia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Announced at Parliament House, Canberra by Premier Li Keqiang and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, the statement lists the addition of 15 extra establishments eligible to export meat to China.

It also outlines a new protocol for the export of Australian slaughter sheep and goats – serving to further promote food safety and traceability between the two nations.

NFF President Fiona Simson said the measures would unlock significant opportunities for Australia’s livestock producers.

“Today’s announcement is exactly the kind of action we have been seeking and working towards with the Government.

“China is Australia’s largest sheep meat market, worth $240 million in 2016, and is the nation’s fourth largest beef market worth $670 million in the same year.

“It is now a reality that Australia’s red meat exports to China could soon reach more than $1 billion a year.”

"This is particularly welcome news for NFF member organisations - the Cattle Council of Australia, Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Goat Industry Council of Australia and the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council."

Ms Simson said there would also be highly-valuable lasting benefits to the food processing sector and regional communities in general.

“The NFF applauds the Government on its continued pursuit of preferential trade arrangements with key export markets such as China.”

“As the peak representative body of Australian agriculture, a key priority of the NFF is to continue to advocate to ensure our premium, clean and safe food and fibre products are in demand and able to access valuable international markets.”

"Today’s announcement enables Australian livestock producers to continue to satisfy China’s growing demand for high-quality red meat."

“Importantly it furthers the enviable trade relationship between Australia and China,” Ms Simson said.

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