Australia’s live sheep exports in the first ten months of 2014 totaled 1,947,000 head, worth A$202 million [~US$160 million], according to data from Meat & Livestock Australia. China accounted for only a very small part while Kuwait and Qatar took the largest share, with 663,004 head and 489,250 head shipped. However, as China and Australia have concluded free trade agreement talks in November 2014 and 95 percent of Australian exports to China will finally be tariff-free, this situation may change. On Jan 12, a livestock company in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Northwest China, imported 1,438 sheep for crossbreeding with local sheep. The transportation cost for each sheep was around 2,000 yuan (US$322)…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Points

  • On 14 January 2015, China’s Zhonghe Group (Henan Province) imported 1,431 Australian sheep.
  • Australian live sheep prices generally range from CNY 30,000 to CNY 150,000 (~US$4,800 to US$24,600).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In November 2014, China and Australia signed a preliminary free trade agreement that made (effective in 2015) 85% of Australian exports tariff free. By 2019, 93% of Australian exports will be tariff free.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Australia was the sole supplier of live sheep to China, with exports rising from 1,279 live sheep (valued at US$1.6 million) to 3,457 live sheep (US$5.2 million) over the period.

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