Indonesia relaxes quotas on Australian beef

By Carina Perkins

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Indonesia relaxes quotas on Australian beef

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Indonesia has granted Australian beef exports exemption from quotas, under a new deal announced ahead of Ramadan and the Eid Fitri Festival.

Authorities also confirmed that they would bring forward quotas applying to Australian live cattle exports for the second half of the year, and review all quotas on Australian meat and livestock later in the year.

A further quotas exemption has been granted to Indonesian company Bulong, allowing it to import beef products from Australia.

The changes to trading conditions have been agreed in a bid to stabilise supply and demand of beef in Indonesia, with demand expected to rise during the Eid Fitri Festival in August.

They were made following a meeting between Australian minister for trade and competitiveness Dr Craig Emerson and Indonesian minister for trade Gita Wirjawan in Surabaya in April.

“Indonesia continues to view Australia as a quality supplier of beef for its domestic market,”​ said Dr Emerson.

“The Indonesian government’s decision to increase the import of Australian premium beef is a clear reflection of our strong, ongoing trade relationship.”

Australian agriculture minister Joe Ludwig said the deal was “great news”​ for Australian farmers and proved that the Australian government could work cooperatively with Indonesian authorities.

“I have raised the need to increase quotas directly with my Indonesian counterparts during my three visits to Indonesia over the last two years,”​ he said.

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