The Australian Government has won Japanese approval to re-open Australia’s live cattle trade to the island nation, worth more than $14 million a year to our farmers.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said Japan and Australia had worked together to reach an agreement on improved export certification processes for all cattle consignments.
“Our trade in beef and dairy cows to Japan can begin immediately,” Minister Joyce said.
“To re-open markets in such a short time is a testament to the close trade relationship Australia enjoys with Japan.
“Japan is one of three key trading partners to sign a free trade agreement with Australia under the Coalition Government.
“The favourable health status of Australian livestock, our stringent biosecurity system and global expertise in live cattle exports mean that we have been able to quickly and effectively address all concerns raised by Japan.
“That’s good news for our exporters, who can once again begin preparing consignments for this significant market.
“It’s good news for the nation, reaffirming the strength of our live export industry which contributed $1.9 billion to the Australian economy in 2015–16 and employed more than 10,000 people within and beyond the industry.”
In May 2016, Japan temporarily suspended live cattle exports from Australia in response to cattle testing positive for Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) on arrival in Japan.
“The strength of Australia’s biosecurity is one of many reasons that we have such strong international demand for Australian livestock.”
This story was first published in Leading Agriculture magazine.