The Indonesian Government has recommended up to 200,000 head of cattle be imported from Australia in the first four months of this year, with an indicative annual quota of 600,000 head for 2016.
Following his recent trip to Indonesia, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said “it is a very welcome sign” to see the overall level of quota being maintained and movement towards an annual quota.
“This really is great news for both the people of Indonesia and cattle producers in Australia, Mr Joyce said. “For some time we have said that the certainty of an annual quota would benefit not only Australian producers, but also consumers and processors in Indonesia. This news is certainly a step in the right direction.”
Mr Joyce said live cattle trade is a big contributor to the economies of both nations.
“Australia’s relationship with Indonesia in the live cattle export industry is becoming stronger by the day,” he said.
“This is a win-win situation for both those in Indonesia who value add and for farmers in Australia who it supports.”
Relationship built on mutual trust and respect
Mr Joyce said while Australia respects Indonesia’s right to make decisions with regards to their imports, a periodic quota system makes for an uncertain trading environment.
“The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Indonesian Government to ensure the trade in live cattle is meeting both our countries’ needs and policies.
“Good inter-governmental relations between Indonesia and ourselves make this job so much easier.
“Indonesia is our closest trading partner and our economic futures are closely linked.
“It’s a relationship that we place a great deal of importance on, and it’s built on mutual trust and respect.”
Import permits are now being issued and will be valid for four months.