Indonesia lifts restrictions on Austalian beef

The Indonesian Government has lifted restrictions on imports of Australian secondary cuts of beef and offal, imposed in 2015, restoring opportunities for Australia’s farmers and exporters of boxed beef.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the decision to reopen a traditionally valuable market for Australian farmers, meat processors and exporters, providing more certainty to our rural and regional communities.

“Indonesia is a highly valued trading partner and the Coalition Government has worked hard to establish Australia as a trusted and reliable supplier of safe, high-quality protein,” Minister Joyce said.

“Australian exporters now have the opportunity to build on our strong relationship to significantly expand beef exports to Indonesia.

“Before restrictions were put in place in January 2015, Australia shipped almost 20,000 tonnes of secondary beef cuts to Indonesia, worth around $42 million of our total 2014 boxed beef trade with Indonesia of $327 million.

“I am confident the quality of Australian beef and the strength of trading relationships will see our exporters remain very competitive in this market into the future.

“Indonesian importers can also now apply to import beef at any time of the year, with import permits valid for six months.

“This provides more certainty for commercial partnerships between importers and exporters, reduces costs in the supply chain and allows for better planning to ensure demand can be reliably met.

“Over the next few decades significant economic and population growth is expected to change Indonesia’s demand for food. Diets will become more diverse and demand for quality protein will increase. The total population of Indonesia is forecast to increase by almost 25% or 62 million people to 322 million by 2050 (UN Population Division forecast).

“It’s a win-win for both nations: Indonesian consumers will have a wider range of quality beef products to choose from, Indonesian importers can better plan for and manage demand, and Australian exporters regain access to a market in which we can compete very strongly on our merits.”

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