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New certification system for Australian export meat industry

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A new system of export certification will give Australia’s meat industry a boost, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Joe Ludwig has announced. The new certification system will cut red tape, support regional jobs and improve the competitiveness of the Australian export meat industry. "All meat that leaves Australia for export markets meets strict quality and safety standards," Ludwig explained. "Export certification gives assurance to our producers and trading partners that hygiene and quarantine standards are met." The new co-regulatory arrangement, the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS), will be implemented from 1 October this year. The government will provide $25.8 million over three years to support the transition into the new system. It is expected the industry will return to full cost recovery by 2013. "The export meat processing sector supports over 10,000 jobs in regional communities all over Australia," Ludwig said. "The Australian government has been working with the sector since 2009 to slash red tape and reduce the cost of the certification process and help Australian meatworks compete internationally." Gary Burridge, chair of the Ministerial Task Force, said the partnership with the government is important to the continued success of the industry. "It is in our interest to continue to work with the Government to improve the efficiency of export certification and we are pleased the Minister has agreed to maintain an oversight role for the industry in both implementing the new system but also working to drive efficiencies in to the future." The legislative instruments to support the new certification system and the fees and charges will be tabled in parliament in the coming weeks.

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