Australian Minister of Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has announced a breakthrough in live cattle export trade negotiations with China on Monday [20 July 2015]. Joyce said the Australian and Chinese veterinary authorities were in the process of formalizing agreement on animal health certification requirements, which would allow the industry to begin to prepare the commercial and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements for trade to commence…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Point

  • Once the signed by the Director of China’s State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Australia will be able to export live slaughter and feeder cattle (i.e. cattle that is to be fattened prior to slaughter).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2015, a Chinese businessman purchased cattle station land (~40,000 heads of cattle) in Australia’s Northern Territory.
  • In 2014, Australia exported approximately 70,000 dairy heifers to China.
  • In March 2014, representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) visited China to discuss opening up the live cattle trade.
  • In October 2013, China’s Zhejiang Province and Western Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the trade of live cattle
  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese imports of live cows increased from 87,990 heads of cattle to 102,245 heads of cattle. During this time only Australia, New Zealand, and Uruguay supplied mainland China. Australia had the dominant share of Chinese market with an average import share of approximately 60% (by volume) during the four year period. New Zealand was the second largest supplier (~27% import share), followed by Uruguay (~13% import share).

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