Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed the signing of a Joint Statement with China that will deliver important new market access for the red meat industry and will promote food safety and security.
The Joint Statement was a key outcome of last week’s visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and is estimated to be worth in excess of $400 million per year for Australia’s meat industry.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Joint Statement on Enhancing Inspection and Quarantine Cooperation could bring a range of benefits for the NSW North Coast farmers.
“I am very pleased to see this next development in Australia’s relationship with China, one of our most important trading partners,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“China is Australia’s largest sheep meat market, worth $240 million in 2016, and is our fourth largest beef market worth $670 million in the same year.
“The Joint Statement will unlock a number of trade restrictions currently in place, allowing the expansion of the chilled meat trade, an increase in the number of approved exporters, access for tripe exports and new trade in donkey meat and edible skins to China.
“I am particularly pleased to see agreement to increase the number of approved export facilities in Australia, as I raised this issue with the Chinese authorities during my visit to Beijing and Shanghai late last year.
“The Statement will also promote a protocol for the export of Australian slaughter sheep and goats.
“This is great news for our beef industry, as it will support our farmers and producers through new or expanded market access opportunities.
“It is also a great outcome for our Chinese counterparts and will support both countries’ focus on promoting food security and safety and ensuring continued access to safe, high quality and reliable produce.”
For more information, view the Deputy Prime Minister’s media release at http://minister.agriculture.gov.au.