The Australian government said Tuesday [31 October 2017] it was “pleased” by a decision from China to lift a suspension of red meat imports from Australia, after six Australian meat-processing companies were disallowed from exporting beef to China in July. Earlier this year, Beef City, JBS Prime, Kilcoy Pastoral Co, Northern Cooperative Meat Co, Australian Country Choice and Thomas Foods International were all banned from exporting beef to China due to labelling concerns, but on Tuesday, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo confirmed the beef exports would resume…Full Article: Oct 2017

Key Point

  • According to Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the six meat-processing companies combined for 30% of Australia’s beef exports to China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In January 2024, China’s import tariffs for Australian beef (both chilled and frozen) will drop to zero.
  • In July 2017, China’s AQSIQ banned beef imports from six Australian processing facilities (located in New South Wales and Queensland, and include JBS Australia, Kilcoy Pastoral Company, and The Northern Co-operative Meat Company) owing to non-compliant labels. According to an Australian publication, the beef ban is a retaliatory measure against Australia’s Foreign Minister and her recent criticism of China’s South China Sea operations. During the same month, officials in in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, destroyed 28 MTs (~USD 120,000) of frozen beef from Brazil over food safety concerns.
  • From 2015 to 2016, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian beef exports to China declined 37% to 94,040 MTs. Though, from January to June 2017, Australian beef exports to China totaled 51,085 MTs, a 7% year-on-year increase.
  • In December 2015, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into force.

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