A total of 1,606 head of live cattle arrived in east China’s Zhejiang Province Tuesday [30 January 2018], the first sea-borne shipment of imported beef cattle to the southern part of the country. The cattle were imported from Australia to the port city of Ningbo. They will be quarantined before being slaughtered within 14 days, according to the Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2018

Key Points

  • In February 2017, Shandong became the first province it import (via sea freight) live beef cattle from Australia.
  • In October 2015, Chongqing Municipality imported 150 head of live cattle by air freight.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2016, Australia’s Treasurer approved the sale of S Kidman & Co Ltd (Kidman) to Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting (mining consortium) and Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock (Shanghai municipal government). Australian Outback Beef (AOB), a joint venture between Australia’s Hancock Prospecting (67% control) and China’s Shanghai CRED (33% control), was projected to pay approximately US$295 million for S. Kidman and Co. It should be noted Shanghai Zenith, the Australian branch of Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock, owns Mount Elizabeth Station (200,000 ha) and Yakka Munga Station (189,000), Western Australia.
  • In April 2016, China Ocean Shipping (COSCO) delivered a livestock shipping vessel to a Singaporean company. The COSCO livestock shipping vessel contains water piping, a forage feeding systems, and other livestock transport equipment. Since 2013, COSCO has received seven vessel orders.
  • In October 2015, China began importing live cattle (beef) from Australia, including a 150 heads of cattle to Chongqing. One of the Chinese companies that imported the Australian slaughter cattle was Chongqing Hondo. During the same month, Landbridge Group signed the 99-year lease on the Port of Darwin. Landbridge plans to us the US$18 million investment to expand the ports facilities to handle dry bulk exports, liquid bulk exports, as well as live cattle and containerized goods.
  • In July 2015, China and Australia began formalizing an agreement on live feeder and slaughter cattle. The agreement would allow Australia to export live slaughter and feeder cattle (i.e. cattle that is to be fattened prior to slaughter). During the same month, 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. During the same year, China agreed to import 1 million head of cattle from Australia annually, which required 20 vessels with a capacity of 5,000 heads of cattle.
  • In 2013, COSCO built its first livestock shipping vessel for a Dutch company.

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