For the first time in over a decade, Australian livestock producers can trade directly with Lebanon for Australian feeder and slaughter cattle, sheep and goats.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the re-opening of the Lebanese market had created six new market opportunities for livestock exports in the past year.
Other new markets include Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Cambodia and most recently Thailand.
“Initially, industry is forecasting we will see 10,000 head of cattle and 100,000 head of sheep make their way to Lebanon, said Mr Joyce. “And that’s just the beginning of trade with good prospects for growth.
“This is another strong opportunity for our livestock producers.”
Mr Joyce said Australia should be proud of its reputation for reliability.
It now supplys tens of millions of people all over the world with some of the highest quality, cleanest and sustainably produced livestock available.
“This is something we do well and it’s great to see more opportunities for this industry to continue to grow,” he said.
“Lebanese and Australian veterinary authorities have now reached agreement on animal health certification requirements for live feeder and slaughter cattle, sheep and goats which opens the door for the start of trade.”
The next step is for exporters to establish Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements to support appropriate animal welfare outcomes in the new market.